Carnegiea gigantea, Giant Saguaro

Southwest Desert Flora

Home to the plants of the Sonoran, Chihuahuan and Mojave Deserts

Cirsium ochrocentrum, Yellowspine Thistle

Bahiopsis parishii, Parish’s Goldeneye

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Scientific Name: Bahiopsis parishii
Common Name: Parish’s Goldeneye
Also Called: Shrubby Goldeneye
Family: Asteraceae, Sunflower Family
Synonyms: (Viguiera deltoidea var. parishii, Viguiera parishii)
Status: Native
Duration: Perennial
Size: 3 feet more or less.
Growth Form: Shrub or subshrub; erect, multiple branched, hairy.
Leaves: Green; shiny, triangular or ovate, with petioles, mostly opposite lower, alternate above, margins toothed or entire, rough to the touch, scabrous, covered with fine grayish-white hairs.
Flower Color: Yellow; large, 2 inches, often solitary heads or in clusters of 3 to 5; radiate heads; ray flowers with 8 to 15 ligulate florets; disk flowers numerous, flower stalks peduncles long; whitish or green up to 5 inches, seed is an achene.
Flowering Season: January to October, two blooming seasons, spring and fall.
Elevation: Up to 3,500 feet.
Habitat Preferences: Deserts in washes and dry rocky slopes with good drainage.
Recorded Range: Southwest United States; AZ, CA, NV and Baja California and northwest Mexico. It is found in the southeast corners of both California and Nevada and the western 2/3 of Arizona.

North America & US County Distribution Map for Bahiopsis parishii. (as Viguiera parishii)

U.S. Weed Information: No data available.
Invasive/Noxious Weed Information: No data available.
Wetland Indicator: No data available.
Threatened/Endangered Information: No data available.

Genus Information: 9 species in Viguiera (=Bahiopsis) in the southwestern United States. 9 species in the southwestern United States and 4 species in Arizona.

Comments: Parish’s Goldeneye is one of the more common subshrubs in low desert habitats in Arizona and southeast California. It is easily recognized with its bright yellow flowers, shiny green triangular shaped leaves and whitish canescent stems. Parish's Goldeneye is often seen growing in and around larger desert shrubs or trees.

In Southwest Desert Flora also see similar species: Brittlebush, Encelia farinosa, Virgin River Brittlebush, Encelia virginensis and Hairy Desertsunflower, Geraea canescens

Date Profile Completed: 8/3/2012; Updated, 07/25/2015
References:
U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service on-line database
Arizona Flora, Kearney, Thomas H., Peebles, Robert H., 1960, University of California Press, Berkley and Los Angeles, as Viguiera deltoidea.
The Jepson Manual, Citation: http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/interchange/I_treat_indexes.html Fri Aug 3 17:42:54 2012, as Viguiera parishii.
Edward E. Schilling, FNA | Family List | FNA Vol. 21 | Asteraceae | Bahiopsis, Flora of North America Editorial Committee, eds. 1993+. Flora of North America North of Mexico. 16+ vols. New York and Oxford.
SEINet for synonyms, scientific names and recorded geographic locations, http://swbiodiversity.org/seinet/