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Gutierrezia sarothrae
kindlingweed, matchweed, broom snakeweed

Distribution: East of the Cascades in Washington, chiefly in southeastern part of state; Alberta to Manitoba, south to California and Texas.

Habitat: Dry, open places in the foothills, valleys and plains.

Flowers: July-September

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Shrubs 2-6 dm. tall, with numerous erect, slender, brittle branches, the herbage mostly scabrous-puberulent.


Leaves alternate, linear, dotted with small, translucent pits, 2-4 cm. long and 1-2 mm. wide.


Numerous heads in small glomerules in a flat-topped inflorescence; involucre glutinous, 3-4 mm. high, sub-cylindric; rays 3-8, pistillate, yellow, 2-3 mm. long; disk flowers 3-8, yellow, mostly fertile; pappus of several narrow scales; style branches flattened.


Achcnes terete, several-nerved.

Accepted Name:
Gutierrezia sarothrae (Pursh) Britton & Rusby
Publication: Trans. New York Acad. Sci. 7: 10. 1887. 1887.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Gutierrezia sarothrae in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Gutierrezia sarothrae checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Gutierrezia sarothrae atlas page.

CalPhotos: Gutierrezia sarothrae photos.

USDA Plants: Gutierrezia sarothrae information.

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