WILDFLOWERS OF NEW MEXICO

 

The 1–5-foot tall stem has spreading, gland-tipped, sticky hairs and numerous side branches with up to 100+ yellow flower heads. Note the upper leaves clasp the stem but lower leaves have short stalks (petioles).


FLOWER: May–October, mostly in the summer-fall. Flower heads bloom on tips of spreading branches, 1/2-1-inch (12-25 mm) wide with 15–35 slender, yellow petal-like ray flowers, each 1/8–1/4-inch (3–7 mm) long, around a yellow disk.The cup (calyx) beneath the rays is somewhat bell shaped with 4–6 rows of phyllaries stacked like shingles on a roof.


LEAVES: Alternate. Blades oval to lance-shaped, smaller up the stem, surfaces rough and hairy to smooth or with scattered hairs. Lower stem leaves have a 3/8–1 1/2-inch (10–40 mm) long, stalk (petiole) and blade reaching 2 3/4-inches (10–70 mm) long; upper leaves clasp the stem with heart-shaped bases; margins may be toothed or entire, flat, or wavy.


HABITAT: Dry sandy, rocky soils of fields, roadsides, disturbed areas; desert grasslands and scrub, shortgrass prairies.


ELEVATION: 4,100–6,900 feet.


RANGE: AZ, CA, CO, NM, NV, OK, TX; widespread across southern U. S. from CA to SC.


SIMILAR SPECIES: This variable plant, once considered 3 separate species, has two subspecies with minor hair variations; ours is subsp. latifolia. Hairy Golden-Aster, H. villosa, statewide, has long silky hairs on the stem and leaf margins. Gumweeds, Grindelia species, have sticky, resinous flower heads.


NM COUNTIES: Eastern plains and southern NM: Bernalillo, Catron, Chaves, Curry, De Baca, Eddy, Grant, Harding, Hidalgo, Lea, Quay, Roosevelt, Union.

CAMPHOR  WEED

HETEROTHECA  SUBAXILLARIS  (includes HETEROTHECA  LATIFOLIA)

Aster Family, Asteraceae

Annual, biennial herb

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Lower leaves have short stems (petioles), upper leaves clasp the stem; leaf shape and margins are variable.

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