Broom Snakeweed, Gutierrezia sarothrae and G. microcephala

Broom Snakeweed
Gutierrezia sarothrae and G. microcephala

G. microcephala Plant

G. microcephala Leaves & Flowers

G. microcephala Flowering Plant

G. microcephala Field View

G. sarothrae Flowers

G. sarothrae Plant

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Family: Compositae (Asteracae), Sunflower Family
Blooms in Late Summer/Fall
Habitat Preferred: Ubiquitous in Verde Valley Area, loves overgrazed areas
Photo taken at: Peck's Lake 8/99
Bloom Color: Yellow (tiny flowers, but masses of them)
Other Common Names: Rabbitbush
Comments: These plants are indicators, when found in profusion, of overgrazing by cattle. They are extremely common throughout the Verde Valley and resemble "mini" Desert Broom (q.v.).
Further Reference & Sources: "A Field Guide to the Plants of Arizona", Anne Orth Epple, 1995, Falcon Press

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