Artemisia pycnocephala

(Lessing) de Candolle

in A. P. de Candolle and A. L. P. P. de Candolle, Prodr. 6: 99. 1838.

Common names: Coastal sagewort
Basionym: Oligosporus pycnocephalus Lessing Linnaea 6: 524. 1831
Synonyms: Artemisia campestris subsp. pycnocephala (Lessing) H. M. Hall & Clements
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 19. Treatment on page 509. Mentioned on page 505.

Perennials, 30–70(–100) cm, faintly aromatic. Stems usually 10+ (rising beyond basal leaves, decumbent), whitish gray, (ca. 5 mm diam., densely leafy) densely hairy. Leaves persistent, gray-green; blades broadly lanceolate, faces woolly-hairy; proximalmost blades 3–8 × 2–6 cm, 2–3-pinnatifid, lobes linear (to 2 mm wide); cauline somewhat reduced, 2–3 × 0.8–1.2 cm; apices acute, faces hairy. Heads (sessile, clustered in glomerules) in (densely leafy) paniculiform to spiciform arrays 10–20(–30) × 1–4 cm. Involucres globose, 3–4.5 × 3–4.5 mm. Phyllaries lanceolate, margins obscured by indument, hairs straight. Florets: pistillate 5–20; functionally staminate 12–25; corollas pale yellow (broadly tubular), ca. 2 mm, glabrous. Cypselae ellipsoid (faintly nerved), 1–1.5 mm, glabrous.

Phenology: Flowering late spring–mid summer.
Habitat: Rocky or sandy soils of coastal beaches
Elevation: 0–200 m


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Lower Taxa

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Leila M. Shultz +
(Lessing) de Candolle +
Oligosporus pycnocephalus +
Coastal sagewort +
0–200 m +
Rocky or sandy soils of coastal beaches +
Flowering late spring–mid summer. +
in A. P. de Candolle and A. L. P. P. de Candolle, Prodr. +
Artemisia campestris subsp. pycnocephala +
Artemisia pycnocephala +
Artemisia subg. Drancunculus +
species +