Artemisia pygmaea Gray
Description: This taxon is characterized by linear to
lanceolate outer involucral bracts which are nearly glabrous to
sparsely villous; leaves green, pinnatifid with 3-11 lobes; habit
a low cushion plant. It flowers Aug.-Sept.
Distribution: Eastern Nevada, Central and W. Utah, N. Arizona
and N.W. New Mexico. Navajo Heritage Records from N.M.: 1. E.
of Gallup, Iyanbito, McKinley Co. 2. Fort Wingate Army Depot,
Plants Seen or Cited: (UNM) New Mexico; McKinley Co.; Fort Wingate Army
Depot., Hevron 2261; Ft. Wingate Army Depot, Sivinski and Lightfoot 2710.
Habitat: Dry, barren soils often on white clay or shale, tolerant
Discussion: Ward (1953) listed this taxon as uncommon but locally
abundant in Utah, Nevada, and Arizona. It is a peripheral in New Mexico and should not be on
the rare list.
Cronquist, A. 1994. Intermountain Flora. Vol. 5. pg.
164. New York Botanical Garden.
Ward, G.H. 1953. Artemisia, Section Seriphidium in North America: A
cytotaxonomic study. Contr. Dudley Herbarium 4:155-205.
Information Compiled By: Tim Lowrey, 1998