Brickellia simplex A. Gray
Family: Asteraceae
Sonoran brickellbush
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Patrick Alexander  
Perennials, 40-60 cm (caudices woody). Stems branched, pubes-cent. Leaves opposite or alternate; petioles 3-20 mm; blades 3-nerved from bases, deltate to lanceolate, 10-60 × 7-50 mm, bases cordate to truncate, margins crenate-dentate, apices acute, faces sparsely to densely pubescent, gland-dotted. Heads borne singly or in open, paniculiform arrays. Peduncles 20-50 mm, glandular-pubescent. Involucres cylindric to broadly campanulate, 12-14 mm. Phyllaries 40-60 in 5-6 series, greenish, 4-6-striate, unequal, margins narrowly scarious (apices acute to acuminate); outer narrowly lanceolate (glandular-pubescent), inner lanceolate (glabrous or tomentulose). Florets ± 60; corollas pale yellow, often purple-tinged, 9-10 mm. Cypselae 4-5 mm, hispidulous or glabrate; pappi of 32-36 white, barbellate bristles. Flowering Aug-Oct. Oak woodlands, canyons, dry mountain slopes; 1500-2700 m; Ariz., N.Mex.; Mexico.
FNA 2006
Duration: Perennial Nativity: Native Lifeform: Subshrub General: Perennial from woody caudex, 40-60 cm tall, stems branched, pubescent. Leaves: Opposite or alternate, on petioles 3-20 mm, blades 3-nerved from bases, hastate to deltate-lanceolate, 1-6 cm long, 0.7-5 cm wide, bases cordate to truncate, margins crenate-dentate, apices acute, faces sparsely to densely pubescent, gland-dotted. Flowers: Heads borne singly or in open, paniculiform arrays, on peduncles 20-50 mm, glandular-pubescent; involucres cylindric to broadly campanulate, 12-14 mm; phyllaries 40-60 in 5-6 series, greenish, 4-6 striate, unequal, margins narrowly scarious, apices acute to acuminate; florets more than 60, corollas pale yellow, often purple-tinged, 9-10 mm. Fruits: Cypselae 4-5 mm, hispidulous or glabrate, pappi of 32-36 white, barbellate bristles. Ecology: Found in oak woodlands, canyons, and on dry mountain slopes from 5,000-9,000 ft (1524-2743 m); flowers August-October. Notes: Distinguished by its almost hastate leaves, with rounded teeth along the margins and not particularly stout stems. Ethnobotany: Unknown, but other species in the genera have uses. Etymology: Brickellia is named for Dr. John Brickell (1749-1809), while simplex means simple, undivided, or unbranched. Synonyms: None Editor: SBuckley, 2010
Brickellia simplex image
Patrick Alexander  
Brickellia simplex image
Patrick Alexander  
Brickellia simplex image
Brickellia simplex image
Thomas Van Devender  
Brickellia simplex image
Thomas Van Devender  
Brickellia simplex image
Brickellia simplex image
Brickellia simplex image
Brickellia simplex image
Brickellia simplex image
Brickellia simplex image
Brickellia simplex image
Brickellia simplex image
Brickellia simplex image
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