Vascular Plants of the Gila Wilderness

Presented in Association with the
Western New Mexico University Department of Natural Sciences

Gutierrezia wrightii A. Gray
(Wright's Snakeweed, Wright's Matchweed)

Family: Asteraceae

Status: Native

Xanthocephalum wrightii (A. Gray) A. Gray

While Gutierrezia sarothrae and Gutierrezia microcephala can be quite difficult to distinguish from each other and inhabit the same areas, Gutierrezia wrightii is quite different. The flowerheads are much larger and showy. The leaves are still linear, but much sparser. Gutierrezia wrightii prefers upper elevation Ponderosa Pine forest rather than lower elevation open areas, and populations do not seem to be grazing dependent.
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Gutierrezia wrightii, photo Russ Kleinman, Bill Norris, Richard Felger, and the Asteraceae Workshop 2007, Pinos Altos Range, Rte. 15 at Ben Lilly cliffs, Sept. 5, 2007

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