Zuckia brandegeei var. plummeri

(Stutz & S. C. Sanderson) Dorn

Vasc. Pl. Wyoming, 296. 1988.

Common names: Plummer’s siltbush
Basionym: Grayia brandegeei var. plummeri Stutz & S. C. Sanderson Madroño 34: 148, figs. 1c–d, 2g–l. 1987 (as brandegei)
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 4. Treatment on page 305. Mentioned on page 304.

Leaves usually 6–25 mm wide, rarely wider. Fruiting bracteoles 2(–4)-winged, samaralike; achenes vertical. 2n = 36.

Phenology: Flowering summer.
Habitat: Fine-textured, often saline and seleniferous substrates
Elevation: 1500-2300 m


Zuckia brandegeei var. plummeri occurs on the Duchesne River, Uinta, Kaiparowits, Mancos, Entrada, Summerville, and Morrison formations and other fine-textured substrates. This variety was reported by H. C. Stutz et al. (1987) from New Mexico on the basis of chromosome studies, but the herbarium specimens from San Juan County do not show the broad leaves typical of this variety. Indeed, plants assigned to this variety might not constitute a taxon in the typical sense. Rather, they seem to represent a series of highly variable, morphological segregates with the same chromosome number, having arisen independently several times from a basic brandegeei stock. The distribution is mainly at the margins of the species as a whole.

Selected References


Lower Taxa

Stanley L. Welsh +
(Stutz & S. C. Sanderson) Dorn +
Grayia brandegeei var. plummeri +
Plummer’s siltbush +
Colo. +, N.Mex. +, Utah +  and Wyo. +
1500-2300 m +
Fine-textured, often saline and seleniferous substrates +
Flowering summer. +
Vasc. Pl. Wyoming, +
Atriplex brandegeei +
Zuckia brandegeei var. plummeri +
Zuckia brandegeei +
variety +