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Psathyrotes ramosissima (Turtleback)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Psathyrotes ramosissima

Psathyrotes ramosissima (Torr.) A. Gray

Turtleback, Velvet Turtleback

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Synonym(s): Tetradymia ramosissima


USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

A low, compact, round, gray, velvety plant with a strong turpentine odor and tiny, yellow flower heads.

The plants form mounds resembling the shape of a turtles shell, and the intermeshed leaves are even fancied to represent its scales, hence one of this species common names.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Subshrub

Bloom Information

Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun


USA: AZ , CA , NV , UT
Native Distribution: Southwestern Utah south through western Arizona and southeastern California to northwestern Mexico.
Native Habitat: Desert flats and ledges.

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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