Antelope Bush, Desert Bitterbrush

Purshia tridentata var. glandulosa

Antelope Bush

Color: Cream to white

Common name: Antelope Brush, Desert Bitterbrush

Latin name: Purshia tridentata var. glandulosa


Height: 3-16.5 feet

Description: Purshia tridentata var. glandulosa is a greenish plant with mostly glandular twig hairs. The fragrant five-parted flowers can be produced in great numbers.

Leaf: The 5–10 mm greenish leaves are sparsely covered with a densely interwoven and generally matted hairs and without a stalk.

Range: Desert Mountains, c&s High Sierra Nevada (e slope), Tehachapi Mountain Area, n Transverse Ranges and e Peninsular Ranges (Desert edge), East of Sierra Nevada

Habitat: Chaparral, Joshua-tree or pinyon/juniper woodland

Elevation: 700–3000 m.

Flowering time: Apr–Jun

Notes: Purshia tridentata var. glandulosa, a dicot, is a shrub that is native to California and is also found outside of California, but is confined to western North America. Distribution outside California: Nevada, Arizona. Photographed May 20, 2006 in the desert foothills on the north side of the San Bernardino Mountains, San Bernardino County, California.

Antelope Bush - The fragrant five-parted flowers can be produced in great numbers.

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