Bebbia juncea, Sweetbush Bebbia
Scientific Name: Bebbia juncea
Common Name: Sweetbush Bebbia
Also Called: Sweetbush, Bebbia and Chuckwalla’s Delight.
Family: Asteraceae, Sunflower Family
Synonyms: ( )
Size: Up to 5 feet or more.
Growth Form: Shrub or subshrub; variable growth form, round bush, stems erect or spreading, plants smooth or hairy, entangled branching.
Leaves: Grayish-green; lower leaves opposite; upper alternate, linear, small, deciduous without rainfall.
Flower Color: Yellow or orange; discoid flowers, numerous 20 to 50 florets; fruit is an achene.
Flowering Season: April to July may flower throughout the year.
Elevation: Up to 4,000 feet.
Habitat Preferences: Rocky areas, dry slopes, sandy gravelly areas such as desert washes
Recorded Range: Southwest United States in AZ, CA, NM, NV, TX and UT. Also found throughout Baja California and common in northwest Mexico. In Arizona throughout most of the state, absent in the northeast corner.
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.
Comments: Sweetbush Bebbia is a scraggily weedy looking aromatic desert shrub often ignored by casual observers and wildflower enthusiasts alike. However, upon closer inspection one notices that the yellow and orange tubular flowers are quite striking especially under a 10 power lens.
Chuckwallas are known to relish Sweetbush Bebbia along with many other yellow flowered desert plant species.
Bebbia is a monotypic genus named in honor of Michael Schuck Bebb, amateur systematic botanist 1833 –1895.