Flora of Scotts Creek Watershed
Baccharis pilularis - Coyote Brush
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Family Name: Asteraceae
Common Names: Coyote Brush, Chaparral Broom
Origin: Native to California
Habitat: Common shrub of hills, edges of chaparral, woods, coastal scrubs, and often invading grasslands and disturbed areas.
Life Form and Duration: Perennial Shrub, 0.6-3.5 m
Comments on overall growth: Large shrub, much branched, stems prostrate to erect, often sticky-resinous, leaves are clustered at end of long bare stems and branches.
Foliage Type: Evergreen
Foliage Description: Alternate, simple, green, 3 principle veins originating from leaf base, 12-38 mm long, wide-wedge to egg shaped, margins irregularly toothed though occasionally entire.
Infloresence Description: Tight clusters of disk flower heads, in leaf axils or at branch ends. Male and female heads on separate plants. Flower heads whitish to yellowish.
Flowering Season: August-December
Fruit Type: Achene
Fruit Description: 1-2 mm, glabrous, with pappus (bristles) attached of 5.5-9 mm.