Psathyrotes ramosissima (Torr.) A. Gray
Turtleback, Velvet Turtleback
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
Synonym(s): Tetradymia ramosissima
USDA Symbol: PSRA
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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Bloom InformationBloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun
DistributionUSA: 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 resourcesUSDA: Find Psathyrotes ramosissima in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Psathyrotes ramosissima in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Psathyrotes ramosissima
MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff