Ditaxis lanceolata, Narrowleaf Silverbush
Scientific Name: Ditaxis lanceolata
Common Name: Narrowleaf Silverbush
Also Called: Lanceleaf Ditaxis, Narrow-Leaf Silverbush
Family: Euphorbiaceae, Spurge or Euphorbia Family
Synonyms: (Argythamnia lanceolata, Argythamnia sericophylla var. verrucosemina)
Size: Up to 20 inches.
Growth Form: Subshrub and Forb/herb; erect, surfaces appressed-hairy.
Leaves: Green, entire, blades lanceolate, densely hairy,
Flower Color: Greenish white, inconspicuous; flowers both staminate and pistillate; both petals and sepals abaxially hairy. The flowers are borne in racemes with 1 female flower and several male flowers.
Flowering Season: February to September in Arizona and from March to May in California.
Elevation: 350 to 3,000 feet in Arizona and are found usually below 2,500 feet in California.
Habitat Preferences: Dry, rocky soils and rocky slopes, canyons.
Recorded Range: Ditaxis lanceolata is found in Arizona, California and south into Mexico and Baja California.
North America & US County Distribution Map for Ditaxis lanceolata (as Argythamnia lanceolata).
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.
In the Southwestern United States: Arizona has 8 species of genus, California has 5 species, Nevada has 3 species, New Mexico has 4 species, Texas has 7 species, Utah has 1 species. All data is approximate and subject to taxonomic changes.
Comments: Narrowleaf Silverbush is a member of the Euphorbiaceae family of plants found in California and Arizona. The plants seem to thrive in dry rocky soils, rocky places and canyons. The species is often described as Argythamnia lanceolata in dated and recent literature.
In Southwest Desert Flora also see a closely related species called New Mexico Silverbush, Ditaxis neomexicana.