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Ericameria ophitidis
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Serpentine Goldenbush
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Ericameria ophitidis

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About Serpentine Goldenbush (Ericameria ophitidis) Ericameria ophitidis is a North American species of flowering shrubs in the daisy family. It is native to the northern part of the State of California in the western United States. It has been found only in three counties: Trinity County, western Tehama County, and the southwestern corner of Shasta County. It is called the serpentine goldenbush because it grows on serpentine soil, toxic to many other plants. Ericameria ophitidis is a shrub up to 30 cm (12 inches or 1 foot) tall. It has narrow, linear leaves up to 15 mm (0. 6 inches) long. Flower heads are yellow, solitary or in flat-topped arrays, each head with 5 or 6 disc florets but no ray florets.
Plant Description
Plant Type

Max. Height
11.8 in (30 cm)

Flower Color

Native Status
Natural Setting
Elevation ?
2624' - 5706'

Annual Precip. ?
39.6" - 79.9"

Summer Precip. ?
0.94" - 1.72"

Coldest Month ?
36.3° F - 44.6° F

Hottest Month ?
59.8° F - 68.5° F

Humidity ?
0.31 vpd - 19.92 vpd

Landscaping Information
Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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