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Gutierrezia microcephala (Threadleaf snakeweed)
Anderson, Wynn

Gutierrezia microcephala

Gutierrezia microcephala (DC.) A. Gray

Threadleaf Snakeweed, Threadleaf Broomweed, Smallhead Snakeweed, Littlehead Snakeweed

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Synonym(s): Brachyris microcephala, Gutierrezia glomerella, Gutierrezia lucida, Gutierrezia sarothrae var. microcephala, Xanthocephalum lucidum, Xanthocephalum microcephalum


USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Threadleaf broomweed is a woody plant, 1-3 feet tall, with many branches, especially in the upper part. It is sometimes 3-4 feet across the top of the spreading branches, which give the plant a somewhat rounded appearance. The narrow leaves are 1/2-1 1/2 inches long, alternate, with bunches of smaller, narrower leaves in their axils. There are many florets in each of the flower heads, which are located at the tips of the branches. They are yellow, 1/4 inch across, with 5 ray flowers and 1-3 disc flowers.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Subshrub

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov , Dec


USA: AZ , CA , CO , NM , NV , TX , UT

Find Seed or Plants

Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR


Bibref 248 - Texas Wildflowers: A Field Guide (1984) Loughmiller, C. & L. Loughmiller

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Gutierrezia microcephala in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Gutierrezia microcephala in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Gutierrezia microcephala


Record Modified: 2021-02-25
Research By: TWC Staff

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