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American tarwort, tarbush

Habit Shrubs to 100(–200) cm.

blades elliptic to ovate, 10–25(–40+) × 4–15(–20) mm (margins sometimes undulate).

Ray florets


Disc florets


corollas 3–4 mm.


4–6.5 mm;

pappi 2.5–3.5 mm.


= 36.

Flourensia cernua

Phenology Flowering mostly Sep–Nov.
Habitat Limestone or alkaline or clay soils, gravelly sites, desert scrub
Elevation 800–2000+ m [2600–6600+ ft]

Plants of Flourensia cernua usually have a tarry odor and are often locally co-dominant with Larrea tridentata throughout much of the Chihuahuan Desert.

(Discussion copyrighted by Flora of North America; reprinted with permission.)

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Parent taxa Asteraceae > tribe Heliantheae > subtribe Ecliptinae > Flourensia
Sibling taxa
F. pringlei
Name authority de Candolle: in A. P. de Candolle and A. L. P. P. de Candolle, Prodr. 5: 593. (1836)
Source Flora of North America vol. 21, p. 118.
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