Carphochaete bigelovii, Bigelow's Bristlehead
Scientific Name: Carphochaete bigelovii
Common Name: Bigelow's Bristlehead
Also Called: Bigelow Bush
Family: Asteraceae, Sunflower Family
Synonyms: ( )
Size: 4 feet or more.
Growth Form: Forb/herb, subshrub; bases woody, stems reddish, pubescent.
Leaves: Green; dull, simple, opposite or fascicled, linear or narrow elliptical; margins entire.
Flower Color: White, purplish throats; discoid flowers only, 3 to 4 per head, corollas with 5 pointed lobes, stamens exserted, numerous fine bristle surround petal lobes; flowers terminal or in leaf axils, singular or paired, all with stiff bristles; fruit is an achene.
Flowering Season: March to July, may bloom again in late winter.
Elevation: 4,000 to 7,000 feet.
Habitat Preferences: Upland Sonoran desert habitats, chaparral and pinyon-juniper in rocky areas, rocky hillsides, canyons.
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: 1 species in Carphochaete.
Comments: Bigelow’s Bristlehead is a monotypic species in the United States, unique to the southwest and Mexico. Its common name is for the characteristics fine bristles surrounding the corolla petal lobes, and in honor of Jacob Bigelow (1787–1879) an American doctor and botanist.