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Gymnosperma glutinosa

Pen & Ink by Michael Plagens

Illustrated from a specimen found near summit of Piestewa Peak, Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona.

FLOWERS: Yellow, borne in small heads that are themselves borne in fairly dense panicles with most of the heads clustered near the top. The specimen illustrated at left was growing in marginal habitat so the flowering heads are sparser than usual. Overall appearance is reminiscent of goldenrod and like goldenrod late summer to fall is the usual blooming time, although the illustrated specimen was blooming in early December.

PERENNIAL HERB: Slightly woody at and above the crown. Grows to a small shrub with sometimes many few-branched stems arizing from crown.

LEAVES: Evergreen leaves are alternate, linear and coated with sticky looking material. The phyllaries are also coated with goo. nother common name for this plant is gumhead.

RANGE: Upper Sonoran Scrub appearing mostly above 1000 m in Arizona. It is not especially common.

PAPPUS: (crown at apex of achene) almost none.


Asteraceae -- Sunflower Family

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