Carnegiea gigantea, Giant Saguaro

Southwest Desert Flora

Home to the plants of the Sonoran, Chihuahuan and Mojave Deserts

Cirsium ochrocentrum, Yellowspine Thistle

Pectis filipes, Five-bract Cinchweed

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Scientific Name: Pectis filipes
Common Name: Five-bract Cinchweed
Also Called: Fivebract Cinchweed, (Spanish: Limoncillo)
Family: Asteraceae, Sunflower Family
Synonyms: ( )
Status: Native
Duration: Annual
Size: 8 inches or less.
Growth Form: Forb/herb; slender green stems, 2 or 3 branches.
Leaves: Green; opposite, dotted with pellucid glands; lower leaves purplish, upper leaves green, linear, about 1 inch long, lower leaves gland dotted along margins.
Flower Color: Yellow; heads radiate with both ray and disk flowers, flowers borne singly on relatively long stalk, fruit is an achene.
Flowering Season: August to October following summer monsoons.
Elevation: 3,000 to 6,000 feet.

Habitat Preferences: Sandy areas, rocky slopes, mesa, and adjacent to washes.

Recorded Range: Pectis filipes is found in only three southwestern states, AZ, NM and TX and in the northwest parts of Mexico. In Arizona, this species is found mostly in the southern part of the state although specimens have been recorded in Yavapai County.

North America & US County Distribution Map for Pectis filipes.

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: 19 species in Pectis in southwestern United States. 9 species in Arizona. 2 varieties of Pectis filipes;
Pectis filipes var. subnuda found in the locations referenced above and
Pectis filipes var. filipes which is found only in Mexico.

Comments: Relatively rare in the United States, the largest geographic distribution of Five-bract Cinchweed in the United States occurs in southern Arizona. Smaller populations are found in the southwest corner of New Mexico and in three Texas counties along the Mexico border.

Also see in Southwestern Desert Flora Manybristle Cinchweed, Pectis papposa.

Date Profile Completed: 9/13/2012, 06/30/2015; Updated, 07/26/2015
References: , updated format 10/10/2017
U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service on-line database
Arizona Flora, Kearney, Thomas H., Peebles, Robert H., 1960, University of California Press, Berkley and Los Angeles
David J. Keil, FNA | Family List | FNA Vol. 21 | Asteraceae | Pectis, Flora of North America Editorial Committee, eds. 1993+. Flora of North America North of Mexico. 16+ vols. New York and Oxford. (accessed 09/13/2012)
SEINet for synonyms, scientific names and recorded geographic locations,