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Woolly Brickellbush (Brickellia incana)
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Woolly Brickellbush (Brickellia incana)

General: Woolly Brickellbush (Brickellia incana) is a full-sized shrub with woolly, heart-shaped, sessile leaves and woolly stems. The woolly nature gives this plant an unusual shiny-silver appearance. This shrub in in the sunflower family, but the flowers have no "petals," only a "center" (i.e., disk flowers only). The stamens are long and red, giving the flower a reddish color. The sepals are long, overlapping, and a bit purplish.

Woolly Brickellbush is a common component of vegetation in sandy bajadas and flats in the Upper Sonoran (Mojave Desert Scrub) life zone. Around Las Vegas, look for this species in the Mojave National Preserve where it lines the roads around Kelso for many miles.

Family: Sunflower (Asteraceae)

Woolly Brickellbush (Brickellia incana) Woolly Brickellbush (Brickellia incana)
Woolly Brickellbush (Brickellia incana)
Old sepals persist
Woolly Brickellbush (Brickellia incana)
Old sepals persist
Woolly Brickellbush (Brickellia incana)
Persistent sepals
Woolly Brickellbush (Brickellia incana)
Flower bud ready to open
Woolly Brickellbush (Brickellia incana)
Note the purplish color
Woolly Brickellbush (Brickellia incana)
Flower in the grandeur of full bloom
Woolly Brickellbush (Brickellia incana)
Flower with long, red stamens
Woolly Brickellbush (Brickellia incana)
Flower with many, overlapping sepals
Woolly Brickellbush (Brickellia incana)
This leaf is a bit small, but it is heart-shaped
Woolly Brickellbush (Brickellia incana)
This leaf is a bit small, but it is heart-shaped
Woolly Brickellbush (Brickellia incana)
Leaves and stem. Note that the woolly hairs and sessile leaves
Woolly Brickellbush (Brickellia incana)
Leaves are alternate on the stem
Woolly Brickellbush (Brickellia incana)
Mature seedhead with seeds ready to ride on the wind
Woolly Brickellbush (Brickellia incana)
Leaves are alternate on the stem
Woolly Brickellbush (Brickellia incana)
Ripe seedhead
Woolly Brickellbush (Brickellia incana)
Single seed with a pappus to carry it on the wind
Woolly Brickellbush (Brickellia incana)
Single seed with a pappus to carry it on the wind
Woolly Brickellbush (Brickellia incana)
Pappus

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate. Names generally follow the USDA database.
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