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Genus Information: In North America there are 58 species for Packera. Worldwide, The Plant List includes 66 accepted species names and a further 159 scientific names of infraspecific rank for the genus. The genus Packera was published by Áskell Löve and Doris Benta Maria Löve in 1975. Packera is a genus that was previously included in the genus Senecio.
In the Southwestern United States: Arizona and Utah each have 11 species of genus, California has 16 species, Nevada has 8 species, New Mexico has 23 species, Texas has 11 species. All data approximate and subject to revision.
There are sub-species in Packera neomexicana;
Packera neomexicana var. metcalfei, Metcalf's Groundsel (AZ, NM);
Packera neomexicana var. mutabilis, New Mexico Groundsel (AZ, CO, NM, UT);
Packera neomexicana var. neomexicana, New Mexico Groundsel (AZ, NM, TX);
Packera neomexicana var. toumeyi, Toumey's Groundsel (AZ, NM);
Comments: A common and widely distributed species of Packera. The vast majority of Packera species are found at higher elevations and few have evolved successfully in the Sonoran and Mojave Deserts. Note that all 4 of the varieties are found in Arizona and New Mexico which is the epicenter of all species.
This genus was formerly included with the genus Senecio of which the bracts surrounding the floral heads closely resemble.
Special Value to Native Bees, Butterflies and Insects
Insects may feed from the florets of New Mexico Groundsel.
The genus Packera is named in honor of John George Packer (1929-2019) who specialized on the flora of Alberta and on Arctic and alpine flora. The genus Packera was published by Áskell Löve and Doris Benta Maria Löve in 1975.
The species epithet "neomexicana" (neomexica'na/neomexica'num:) means of or from New Mexico.
Packera neomexicana var. neomexicana is used as an antidote, burn dressing or other purposes by the Navajo Nation.
Navajo, Kayenta Drug, Antidote, Plant used as an antidote for narcotics.
Navajo, Kayenta Drug, Burn Dressing, Powdered plant, poultice of plant applied and plant used as lotion for burns.
Navajo, Kayenta Drug, Disinfectant, Plant used for bear infections.
Navajo, Ramah Drug, Hunting Medicine, Cold infusion used as lotion for good luck in hunting.
See complete listing of ethno-botanical uses at Native American Ethnobotany, University of Michigan, Dearborn.