Pectis papposa Harv. & A. Gray
Manybristle Cinchweed, Chinchweed
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
USDA Symbol: PEPA2
Slender stems branching many times in a forked manner and forming a low, small, leafy plant with small yellow flower heads in bundles at branch ends.
On a hot summer afternoon in areas where these plants are numerous, the air is saturated with a heavy lemon odor reminiscent of furniture polish. A look-alike, Lemonweed (P. angustifolia), is often found with Chinchweed but is denser and has only one gland at the tip of each bract.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov
DistributionUSA: AZ , CA , NM , NV , TX , UT
Native Distribution: Southern California east to western Texas and south to Mexico.
Native Habitat: Open areas on arid plains and deserts, especially on sandy soil; frequent along roadsides.
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Pectis papposa in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Pectis papposa in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Pectis papposa
MetadataRecord Modified: 2018-01-08
Research By: TWC Staff