Vascular Plants of the Gila Wilderness

Presented in Association with the
Western New Mexico University Department of Natural Sciences

Asanthus squamulosus (Gray) King & H.E. Robinson
(Scaleleaf Brickellbush, Mule Mountain Brickellbush)

Family: Asteraceae

Status: Native

Brickellia squamulosa Gray
Coleosanthus squamulosus (Gray) Kuntze

Asanthus squamulosus, until recently Brickellia squamulosa, forms shrubs that are many-branched from the base. The result is a nearly hemispheric dense plant. The bottom portions of the branches become woody and bare, while in season the upper portions are covered in achenes with white bristles. The leaves are scale-like, and so small as to be almost indiscernable on first look. This Brickellia prefers lower elevation streambanks.
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Asanthus squamulosus, photo Russ Kleinman, Burro Mtns., Saddlerock Canyon, June 18, 2007

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