Xanthocephalum gymnospermoides (A. Gray) Benth. & Hook. f.
Gummy broomweed, Gummy snakeweed, San Pedro matchweed
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
Synonym(s): Grindelia gymnospermoides, Gutierrezia gymnospermoides
USDA Symbol: XAGY
Gummy broomweed grows 2-2 1/2 feet tall, with several branches in the upper section. It has a sticky, gummy secretion on the bright golden flower heads, sometimes completely covering the large center, which is 3/8 inch across. The ray flowers are short, only 1/8 inch long. There are about 20 flower heads to a stem, and they are quite showy when growing in dense masses.
The stems are often used to kindle fires because of the resin they contain.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Deer Resistant: High
Wildflower Center Seed BankLBJWC-1136 Collected 2007-10-18 in Jeff Davis County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
BibliographyBibref 248 - Texas Wildflowers: A Field Guide (1984) Loughmiller, C. & L. Loughmiller
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MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff