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Pericome caudata (Mountain tail-leaf)
Anderson, Wynn

Pericome caudata

Pericome caudata A. Gray

Mountain Tail-leaf, Tail-leaf Pericome

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Synonym(s): Pericome caudata var. glandulosa, Pericome glandulosa

USDA Symbol: PECA10

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Rayless, yellow flower heads in branched clusters above several branched leafy stems forming large rounded masses of foliage.

A common late-season wildflower along mountain road banks, this plant was called Yerba de Chivato (the "herb of the he-goat") by early Spaniards because of its odor.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Size Notes: Up to about 5 feet tall.
Fruit: Fruit is a cypsela (pl. cypselae). Though technically incorrect, the fruit is often referred to as an achene.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov


USA: AZ , CA , CO , NM , NV , OK , TX
Native Distribution: Mountains of east-central California and central Colorado south to western Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and northern Mexico.
Native Habitat: Slopes in coniferous forests.

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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Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2022-12-30
Research By: TWC Staff

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