Carnegiea gigantea, Giant Saguaro

Southwest Desert Flora

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

Cirsium ochrocentrum, Yellowspine Thistle

Pentzia incana, African Sheepbush

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Scientific Name: Pentzia incana
Common Name: African Sheepbush
Also called: Australian Sheepbush and Karoo Bush
Family: Asteraceae, Sunflower Family
Synonyms: (Pentzia virgata)
Status: Introduced
Duration: Perennial
Size: Up to 1 foot or more.
Growth Form: Sub-shrub; low and rounded, gray pubescent; branches arch down and root.
Leaves: Green; leaves fascicled, small, less than 1 inch; short stalk or petiole, pinnately divided, lobes linear.
Flower Color: Yellow; flower heads ball-like or spherical; about half inch in diameter; solitary heads on tips of long stalks or peduncles; fruit is an achene.
Flowering Season: April to September.
Elevation: 3,000 to 5,500 feet.
Habitat Preferences: Chaparral, pinyon-juniper and oak woodland, sandy or loamy soils.
Recorded Range: In the United States African Sheepbush is found in Arizona and New Mexico. In Arizona it has been recorded or observed in Pinal and Graham Counties and may likely be identified in Gila County.

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 Pentzia in the United States found only in Arizona and New Mexico.

Comments: African Sheepbush is an aromatic rounded subshrub with arching branching that set root in sandy soil. The photo above was taken near Oak Flats northeast of Superior in Pinal County. This African/Australian plant has moderate forage value and was introduced into Arizona near Safford, by the U.S. Soil Conservation Service. It does not appear to be an aggressive species.

Date Profile Completed: 8/10/2012; Updated, 07/26/2015
References:
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. 19, 20 and 21 | Asteraceae | Pentzia, Flora of North America Editorial Committee, eds. 1993+. Flora of North America North of Mexico. 16+ vols. New York and Oxford. (accessed 10/10/2012)
SEINet for synonyms, scientific names and recorded geographic locations, http://swbiodiversity.org/seinet/
EOL, Encyclopedia of Life, http://eol.org/pages/515108/overview