Carnegiea gigantea, Giant Saguaro

Southwest Desert Flora

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Cirsium ochrocentrum, Yellowspine Thistle

Brickellia venosa, Veiny Brickellbush

Veiny Brickellbush has pale yellow, often purple tinged floret heads with slender stems. The flowering heads are in loose panicle arrays or they may be single heads on tips of lateral branches. This species blooms from August or September to October. Brickellia venosa Veiny Brickellbush floral heads are surrounded by lanceolate to broadly ovate to orbiculate bracts or phyllaries. The flowering stems are sticky to the touch because the surfaces are gland-dotted. Brickellia venosa Veiny Brickellbush has linear to oblong-linear leaves. Each leaf has 3 prominent mid-veins and either dentate or entire margins. Plants are found at elevations from 4,500 to 6,000 feet and prefer dry hills, rocky slopes, canyon walls and mesas. Brickellia venosa

Scientific Name: Brickellia venosa
Common Name: Veiny Brickellbush
Also Called:
Family: Asteraceae, Sunflower Family
Synonyms: (Coleosanthus venosus)
Status: Native
Duration: Perennial
Size: Up to 2 feet or more.
Growth Form: Forb/herb, subshrub; woody caudex; stems branched, tomentulose, pubescent and gland-dotted.
Leaves: Green; opposite; short petioles or sessile; leaves with 3 prominent mid-veins; oblong-linear to linear; margins entire or dentate; leaf surfaces gland-dotted, sticky pubescence.
Flower Color: Pale yellow and often purple tinged; heads slender-peduncles in a loose panicle arrays or solitary, often terminal on lateral branches; peduncles also gland-dotted and puberulent; 18 to 25 discoid florets; phyllaries broadly ovate to orbiculate, glandular hair, green or purple tinged; fruit an achene, pubescent to velutinous; top a pappi of 30 to 40 white barbellate bristles.
Flowering Season: August or September to October.
Elevation: 4,500 to 6,000 feet.

Habitat Preferences: Dry hills, rocky slopes, canyon walls, mesas and limestone outcrops.

Recorded Range: Relatively rare in the United States, Veiny Brickellbush is found in Arizona, New Mexico. It can be found in southeast Arizona, southwest New Mexico and El Paso County Texas. It is also native to northwest Mexico.

North America & US County Distribution Map for Brickellia venosa.

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: There is little information about Veiny Brickellbush, apparently because of its limited distribution in the United States. Although it is abundant in the southwest with most species found in Arizona and New Mexico.

In Southwest Desert Flora also see; Brickellbush, Brickellia californica, Coulter's Brickellbush, Brickellia coulteri and Chihuahuan Brickellbush, Brickellia floribunda.

Date Profile Completed: 10/14/2014; Updated, 07/25/2015, updated 09/15/2017, updated format 10/10/2017
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