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Brickellia lemmonii var. wootonii (Greene) B.L. Robinson

Family: Asteraceae

Description: Shrubs robust, woody to the base, the plants reaching 50.0 cm in height; leaves simple, opposite and sessile, elliptic to lanceolate, 20.0 to 50.0 mm in length and 10.0 to 15.0 mm in width, the margins serrate to crenate or dentate; heads in panicles of approximately 10 flowers, each head subtended by an involucre of purple tinged bracts; achenes densely pubescent; pappus bristles slightly scabrous.

Distribution: Perhaps widely scattered over southern and southwestern New Mexico at 1,500 to 2,200 m (5,000 to 7,000 ft) in elevation. More common in southeastern Arizona and probably even more abundant in Chihuahua, Mexico.

Specimens Seen or Cited: UAZ: Total of 11 sheets of B. lemmonii Gray and 4 sheets of B. lemmonii var. wootonii (Green) B.L. Robinson, all from AZ. NMSU: One collection from Hidalgo County, NM, at Animas(?) on rocky hills, 5,000 ft in elevation, A.L. Hershey, Sept 1942.

Discussion: It appears a few people have recognized variety wootonii as a distinct taxon, but most people have not. We should not consider it rare in New Mexico at this time.

Important Literature:

Carter, J.L. 1997. Trees and shrubs of New Mexico.

Martin, W.C. and C.R. Hutchins. 1980. A flora of New Mexico.

Kearney, T.H. and R.H. Peebles. 1951. Arizona flora.

Information Comiled By: Jack Carter, 1997

Photo credits in header Peniocereus greggii var. greggii © T. Todsen,
Lepidospartum burgessii © M. Howard, Argemone pleiacantha ssp. pinnatisecta © R. Sivinski
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