Ambrosia salsola

(Torrey & A. Gray) Strother & B. G. Baldwin

Madroño 49: 143. 2002

Common names: Burrobush
Basionyms: Hymenoclea salsola Torrey & A. Gray Mem. Amer. Acad. Arts, n. s. 4: 79. 1849
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 21. Treatment on page 12. Mentioned on page 10.
Shrubs, 20–80(–150+) cm. Stems erect. Leaves mostly alternate; petioles 0; blades mostly filiform, 15–35(–65+) × 0.5–1.5 mm, sometimes with 3(–5+) filiform lobes, abaxial faces sparsely scabrellous, glabrescent, often vernicose, adaxial faces densely scabrellous (white). Pistillate heads ± intermixed with staminates; florets 1. Staminate heads: peduncles 0–0.5 mm; involucres ± cup-shaped, 1–3(–4) mm diam., ± glabrate, ± vernicose or gland-dotted; florets 5–15+. Burs: bodies plumply fusiform, 3–4(–6) mm, stipitate-glandular, wings 5–20+, ± scattered, broadly cuneiform, flabellate, or orbiculate, 3–4(–6) × 2–4(–8) mm. 2n = 36.

Phenology: Flowering Mar–May(–Jun).
Habitat: Desert washes, sandy and gravelly benches, lava talus
Elevation: 200–1800 m

Distribution

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Ariz., Calif., Nev., Utah, Mexico (Baja California, Sonora).

Discussion

Variety salsola refers to plants bearing burs with 6–14 wings in 2–3+ cycles, their tips ± spreading to patent; var. pentalepis (Rydberg) Strother & B. G. Baldwin refers to plants bearing burs with 5–9(–13) wings in 1(–2) cycles, their tips ± spreading to patent; </i>var.<i> fasciculata (A. Nelson) Strother & B. G. Baldwin [= Hymenoclea salsola var. patula (A. Nelson) K. M. Peterson & W. W. Payne, an illegitimate name] refers to plants bearing burs with 10–18 wings in 2–3+ cycles, their tips antrorsely ± appressed (see K. M. Peterson and W. W. Payne 1973).

Hybrids between Ambrosia salsola and A. dumosa have been called A. ×platyspina (Seaman) Strother & B. G. Baldwin.

References

None.

Lower Taxa

No lower taxa listed.

Facts about "Ambrosia salsola"
AuthorJohn L. Strother +
Authority(Torrey & A. Gray) Strother & B. G. Baldwin +
BasionymsHymenoclea salsola +
Common nameBurrobush +
DistributionAriz. +, Calif. +, Nev. +, Utah +, Mexico (Baja California + and Sonora). +
Elevation200–1800 m +
HabitatDesert washes, sandy and gravelly benches, lava talus +
IllustratorYevonn Wilson-Ramsey +
PhenologyFlowering Mar–May(–Jun). +
Publication titleMadroño +
Publication year2002 +
ReferenceNone +
Source xmlhttps://jpend@bitbucket.org/aafc-mbb/fna-data-curation.git/src/f6b125a955440c0872999024f038d74684f65921/coarse grained fna xml/V19-20-21/V21 5.xml +
SynonymsFranseria + and Hymenoclea +
Taxon familyAsteraceae +
Taxon nameAmbrosia salsola +
Taxon parentAmbrosia +
Taxon rankspecies +
VolumeVolume 21 +