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Peucephyllum schottii, Schott's Pygmycedar

Schott's Pygmycedar has yellow flowers that bloom on the tips of branches. The flowers bloom in early spring and again in winter if rainfall is sufficient. Peucephyllum schottii Schott's Pygmycedar has green leaves, alternate along the stems; linear in shape and often gland-dotted. Peucephyllum schottii Schott's Pygmycedar is also called Desert Fir or Pygmy Cedar is a native species that grows in the southwest at elevations up to 5,000 feet, although usually much lower. Peucephyllum schottii hott's Pygmycedar is a large shrub or small tree, an interesting growth form for a member of the Asteraceae family in which most species by far are annuals and perennials herbs. Peucephyllum schottii

Scientific Name: Peucephyllum schottii
Common Name: Schott's Pygmycedar
Also Called: Desert Fir, Pygmy Cedar, Pygmycedar (Spanish: Romero)
Family: Asteraceae, Sunflower Family
Synonyms: ()
Status: Native
Duration: Perennial
Size: Up to 8 or 9 feet.
Growth Form: Shrub or small tree; plants with many branches, whitish barked, resinous-viscid, glabrous.
Leaves: Green; leaves absent below (denuded), stems leafy above; alternate; shape linear-filiform; leaves gland dotted.
Flower Color: Yellow; flower heads solitary on tips of branches; peduncles present; disk florets only; fruit an achene.
Flowering Season: March to June, typically following monsoon rainfall; again in December through May.
Elevation: Up to 5,000 feet but commonly lower; up to 4,200 feet in California.

Habitat Preferences: Dry rocky slopes, among boulders, desert scrubs; soil types granite, limestone, sandstones and volcanics.

Recorded Range: Peucephyllum schottii is found in the southwestern United States in AZ, CA, NV, UT. It has a limited distribution in Arizona where it is found in Mohave and Yuma counties. Schott's Pygmycedar is also native to Baja California and northwest Mexico.

North America & US County Distribution Map for Peucephyllum schottii.

U.S. Weed Information: No information available.
Invasive/Noxious Weed Information: No information available.
Wetland Indicator: No information available.
Threatened/Endangered Information: No information available.

Genus Information: In North America there is 1 species and 1 accepted taxa overall for Peucephyllum. World wide, The Plant List includes 1 accepted species names and includes a further 1 infraspecific rank for the genus.

In the Southwestern United States there is 1 species of Peucephyllum. All data is approximate and subject to taxonomic changes.

Comments: Peucephyllum schottii is a large shrub or small tree, an interesting growth form for a member of the Asteraceae family in which most species by far are annuals and perennials herbs.

Date Profile Completed: 12/05/2016, updated format 10/10/2017
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U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service on-line database and USGS ITIS search - (accessed 12/05/2016)
The Plant List (2013). Version 1.1. Published on the Internet; (accessed 12/05/2016).
John L. Strother, FNA |FNA Vol. 21 Page 378, 379; | Asteraceae | Peucephyllum; Flora of North America Editorial Committee, eds. 1993+. Flora of North America North of Mexico. 16+ vols. New York and Oxford.
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SEINet synonyms, scientific names, geographic locations, general information - (accessed 12/05/2016).