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Ericameria nauseosa, Rubber Rabbitbrush

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Scientific Name: Ericameria nauseosa
Common Name: Rubber Rabbitbrush
Also Called: Goldenbush
Family: Asteraceae, Sunflower Family
Synonyms: (Chrysothamnus nauseosus, Chrysothamnus nauseosus ssp. uintahensis, Chrysothamnus nauseosus ssp. viscosus, Chrysothamnus nauseosus var. uintahensis)
Status: Native
Duration: Perennial
Size: 6 feet or more.
Growth Form: Shrub or subshrub; large, aromatic, highly variable, stems erect, ascending or spreading, stems and branches woody or herbaceous, green, gray or white, both greenish and whitish varieties.
Leaves: Green; alternate, dense, glandular, thin or thread-like (filiform) to narrowly linear.
Flower Color: Yellow; many small heads in clusters, flower heads on tips of stems, discoid ray flowers absent, disk flowers with 4 to 6 flowers.
Flowering Season: July to November.
Elevation: 2,000 to 8,000 feet.

Habitat Preferences: Rubber Rabbitbrush is found in upland deserts or semi-deserts, sagebrush communities and grasslands, prefers alkaline soil, disturbed areas.

Recorded Range: Western half of North America. Found in northern, eastern and southern Arizona.

U.S. Weed Information: Ericameria nauseosa is listed in Weeds of the West. Plants included here may become weedy or invasive.

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

Genus Information: Currently 33 species in Ericameria mostly in western North America or southwestern United States. 9 species in Arizona. 2 subspecies in Ericameria nauseosa and 24 varieties:
Ericameria nauseosa ssp. consimilis and
Ericameria nauseosa ssp. nauseosa.

Comments: Rubber Rabbitbrush is a native plant classified as a weed. It is a western species that is extremely variable in appearance with a complex taxonomic status that includes two subspecies and 24 varieties.

Rubber Rabbitbrush is a bright yellow late summer, fall bloomer that grows well in arid environments. Because of its low water requirements and compatibility with heavy alkaline soils it is often used in desert landscapes to achieve a more natural look.

As with other species of Ericameria, Rubber Rabbitbush attracts birds and insects. Species in the genus Ericameria are generally referred to as Goldenbush, Turpentine Bush, Rabbitbrush and Rabbitbush. They all were formerly described as Aplopappus, Haplopappus or Chrysothamnus. See also Turpentine Bush, Ericameria laricifolia.

Date Profile Completed: 06/17/2012, rev. 08/03/2012; Updated, 07/25/2015, updated format 10/10/2017
U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service on-line database - Integrated Taxonomic Information System, ITIS, Fri Aug 3 2012 10:47:28 MDT,
Arizona Flora, Kearney, Thomas H., Peebles, Robert H., 1960, University of California Press, Berkley and Los Angeles, as Chrysothamnus nauseosus.
Lowell E. Urbatsch, Loran C. Anderson, Roland P. Roberts, Kurt M. Neubig, FNA | Family List | FNA Vol. 20 | Asteraceae | Ericameria, Flora of North America Editorial Committee, eds. 1993+. Flora of North America North of Mexico. 16+ vols. New York and Oxford. (accessed 06/17/2012)
SEINet for synonyms, scientific names and recorded geographic locations,