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Ambrosia dumosa (A. Gray) Payne
Burrobush, White Bursage, White Bur Sage
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
Synonym(s): Franseria dumosa
USDA Symbol: AMDU2
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
Low, light-colored, woody shrub with many rigid, brittle branches.
White Bur Sage is widespread and common in the Sonoran and Mojave deserts, where it is often called burro bush.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Size Notes: Up to about 2 feet tall, often shorter.
Fruit: Fruit is a cypsela (pl. cypselae). Though technically incorrect, the fruit is often referred to as an achene.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Yellow
Bloom Time: Jan , Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov , Dec
DistributionUSA: AZ , CA , NV , UT
Native Distribution: S. Nevada, extreme SW. Utah, S. California and Sonoran Desert parts of Arizona.
Native Habitat: Alluvial slopes and plains, often a co-dominant with Creosote Bush over large areas, 500—2500’ (150—760 m).
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
CaCO3 Tolerance: High
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Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
BibliographyBibref 995 - Native Landscaping from El Paso to L.A. (2000) Wasowski, S. and A. Wasowski
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Web ReferenceWebref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter
From the ArchiveWildflower Newsletter 1995 VOL. 12, NO.3 - Explore the Big Bend With the Wildflower Center, Education Director\'s Report, T...
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Ambrosia dumosa in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Ambrosia dumosa in the Flora of North America (if available)
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MetadataRecord Modified: 2022-11-09
Research By: TWC Staff