Treatment appears in FNA Volume 20. Treatment on page 71. Mentioned on page 50.

Plants 150–500 cm (sometimes trees). Stems erect to ascending, green when young, fastigiately branched, glabrous or sparsely hairy, gland-dotted, resinous. Leaves (crowded) usually ascending to spreading; blades oblanceolate to oblong (flat to slightly concave), 25–70 × 3–12 mm, midnerves evident abaxially, apices acute, faces glabrous or sparsely hairy, gland-dotted (in pits), resinous; axillary fascicles usually absent. Heads in rounded, cymiform arrays (to 9 cm wide). Peduncles 1–5 mm (bracts 0–5, scalelike). Involucres turbinate to subcampanulate, 4–6 × 3.5–4.5 mm. Phyllaries 18–24 in 3–4 series, tan, narrowly triangular to lanceolate, 1–5 × 0.5–1 mm, unequal, mostly chartaceous, midnerves raised, evident, usually uniform in width, sometimes slightly dilated apically, apices acute, abaxial faces glabrous or sparsely puberulent, resinous. Ray florets 0. Disc florets 7–15; corollas 4–5 mm. Cypselae tan to brown, narrowly ellipsoid, 2–3 mm, moderately hairy to sericeous; pappi off-white to brown, 4–5 mm. 2n = 18.

Phenology: Flowering late summer–fall.
Habitat: Dry hillsides in chaparral and open forests, increases after fires
Elevation: 400–2200 m


Variety parishii grows in the southern third of California. It has sometimes been treated as a subspecies of Ericameria arborescens in Haplopappus.

Selected References


Lower Taxa

Lowell E. Urbatsch +, Loran C. Anderson +, Roland P. Roberts +  and Kurt M. Neubig +
(Greene) H. M. Hall +
Bigelowia parishii +
400–2200 m +
Dry hillsides in chaparral and open forests, increases after fires +
Flowering late summer–fall. +
Univ. Calif. Publ. Bot. +
Haplopappus arborescens subsp. parishii +  and Haplopappus parishii +
Ericameria parishii var. parishii +
Ericameria parishii +
variety +