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Sanvitalia abertii, Abert's Creeping Zinnia

Sanvitalia abertii, Abert's Creeping Zinnia, Southwest Desert Flora Sanvitalia abertii, Abert's Creeping Zinnia, Southwest Desert Flora   Sanvitalia abertii, Abert's Creeping Zinnia, Southwest Desert Flora

Scientific Name: Sanvitalia abertii
Common Name: Abert's Creeping Zinnia
Also Called: Albert's creeping zinnia, Albert Creeping Zinnia
Family: Asteraceae, Sunflower Family
Synonyms: ( )
Status: Native
Duration: Annual
Size: Up to 12 inches.
Growth Form: Forb/herb; erect or spreading; few or several slender stems; strigose or rough to the touch.
Leaves: Green; opposite; lance shaped or linear, with short stiff hairs.
Flower Color: Yellow; radiate heads; ray flowers have about 8 short florets notched at the tips; slender flower stalks (inflorescence); fruit is an achene.
Flowering Season: July to September following summer monsoon rainfall.
Elevation: 4,000 to 7,500 feet.

Habitat Preferences: Dry rocky slopes, hillsides, mesas, open areas in pinyon-juniper communities and along streams.

Recorded Range: In the United States Abert’s Creeping Zinnia is found in the southwest mostly in AZ and NM with smaller populations in CA, NV and TX. In Arizona it is found in northern and southern parts of the state.

North America & US County Distribution Map for Sanvitalia abertii.

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: 3 species in Sanvitalia in the southwestern United States, 1 in Arizona. (2 native, 1 introduced).

Comments: Plants in the genus Sanvitalia are collectively called "creeping zinnias". Photo above take August 28, near Canelo, eastern Santa Cruz County, Arizona.

Several uses have been identified for Abert’s Creeping Zinnia including use of a cold infusion of leaves used as a lotion for headache and fever and parts of the plant were chewed for mouth sores. View species account from Native American Ethnobotany, University of Michigan, Dearborn.

Date Profile Completed: 10/26/2012; Updated, 07/26/2015, updated format 10/11/2017
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
The Jepson Manual, Citation: Fri Oct 26 17:55:43 2012
John L. Strother, FNA | Family List | FNA Vol. 21 | Asteraceae | Sanvitalia, Flora of North America Editorial Committee, eds. 1993+. Flora of North America North of Mexico. 16+ vols. New York and Oxford. (accessed 10/26/2012)
SEINet for synonyms, scientific names and recorded geographic locations,