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Brickellia oblongifolia variety linifolia

Brickellia oblongifolia variety linifolia

Brickellia oblongifolia variety linifolia
Brickellia oblongifolia variety linifolia (Oblong-leaf Bricklebush)
Asteraceae (Sunflower Family)

Semi-desert, foothills. Canyons, rocky areas. Summer.
Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, May 23, 2011 and November 5, 2013.

Brickellia oblongifolia variety linifolia typically grows into a neat cluster six to twenty inches tall and wide. The plant flowers in the late spring or early summer, and loves open, dry, rocky areas.  It is found in all Four Corners states at lower elevations.  Leafy stems, as the photograph at left and above indicate, often arch outward and then upward ("ascending" growth form). 

Thomas Nuttall, famed 19th century botanical collector and Botany Instructor at Harvard, named this plant in 1841 from specimens he collected in 1834 on gravel bars on and near the Columbia River.  Dr. John Brickell was an early American physician and naturalist. (More biographical information about Brickell.)

Brickellia oblongifolia variety linifolia

Brickellia oblongifolia

Brickellia oblongifolia variety linifolia (Oblong-leaf Bricklebush)
Asteraceae (Sunflower Family)

Semi-desert, foothills. Canyons, rocky areas. Summer.
Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, May 23, 2011 and July 1, 2013.

As the photographs on this page show, the flowers of Brickellia oblongifolia variety linifolia are rayless, solitary at the end of each stem, and streaked on their phyllaries (often with tinges of red). Flowers are all perfect.

Last year's stems, leaves, and dried flower parts often persist and make the plant relatively easy to locate and identify.

The second photograph at left shows the plant just after flowers have faded and pappus hairs are silvery and ready to carry the seeds on the first heavy winds.

Brickellia oblongifolia variety linifolia

Brickellia oblongifolia variety linifolia (Oblong-leaf Bricklebush)
Asteraceae (Sunflower Family)

Semi-desert, foothills. Canyons, rocky areas. Summer.
Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, May 23, 2011.

Phyllaries are in 4-6 series, here in 4 with the outer ones very short. As several photographs on this page show, the phyllaries commonly persist into the next season.

The second from the top photograph on this page shows the persistent, flower-like phyllaries and also gives a view of the pitted receptacle. Keys to Asteraceae commonly ask if the receptacle is pitted, flat, concave, chaffy, etc.

Brickellia oblongifolia variety linifolia

Brickellia oblongifolia variety linifolia (Oblong-leaf Bricklebush)
Asteraceae (Sunflower Family)

Semi-desert, foothills. Canyons, rocky areas. Summer.
Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, May 23, 2011.

Leaves are most often clothed in short, glandular hairs that give a very noticeable pleasant fragrance to the plant.

Range map © John Kartesz,
Floristic Synthesis of North America

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Brickellia oblongifolia variety linifolia

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