Saturday, March 9, 2019

Artemisia dracunculus (Wild Tarragon)

3/24/17 Dripping Springs Trail, Agua Tibia Wilderness, 
Cleveland National Forest, Riverside County, CA

3/23/19 Harford Springs Reserve, Gavilan Hills, 
Riverside County, CA


COMMON NAME: Wild Tarragon

SPECIES: Artemisia dracunculus

FAMILY: Asteraceae (Sunflower Family)


LOCATION: Dripping Springs Trail, Agua Tibia Wilderness, Cleveland National Forest, Riverside County, CA

Treatment from Jepson eFlora:

Habit: Perennial herb 5--15 dm, from woody caudex, generally glabrous (except D), odorless or tarragon-scented. 

Stem: many, stiff, erect, brown. 

Leaf: basal and cauline, 1--7 cm, linear, entire or with few linear lobes, bright green, glabrous. 

Inflorescence: heads disciform, 2--3.5 mm diam, generally nodding, short-peduncled along branches of leafy, panicle-like cluster; phyllaries widely ovate, glabrous, light brown, membranous, margins widely transparent. 

Pistillate Flower: 14--25. 

Disk Flower: 8--20, staminate; style tip scarcely divided, +- tack-shaped. 

Fruit: 0.5--0.8 mm, glabrous. 

Ecology: Common. Many habitats, especially disturbed sites; 

Bioregional Distribution:CA (exc NCo, NCoRH, NCoRI, CaR); to Alaska, northern Canada, north-central United States, northern Mexico, Eurasia. 

Elevation: < 3400 m.: 

Flowering Time: Generally Aug--Oct 

Jepson eFlora Author: Leila M. Shultz

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