© Dawn Hanna (Photo ID #10550)
Perennial herb from long, creeping rhizomes; stems leafy, spreading-hairy, stout, branched just below the surface, forming large, lax clumps 20-160 cm tall.
Succulent, mostly alternate, oblong to rounded in outline, about 4-14 cm long with stalks 2-7 cm long, the blades pinnately dissected or rarely simple and toothed, finely whitish- or silvery-haired.
Male (sterile) heads nearly unstalked or short-stalked, 4-6 mm wide, in congested, leafless, terminal spikes about 8 cm long; female (fruiting) heads egg-shaped, 1-flowered;fruiting involucres 1-beaked, 6-11 mm long, glandular and finely hairy burs with 2-4 series of spines or prickles.
Achenes enclosed within the involucral bracts; pappus lacking.
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Illustration Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia
||Value / Class
Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
of field plots
species was recorded in:
BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in
|BWBS(1), CWH(9), MS(2)|
Source: Klinkenberg 2013
Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Ambrosia chamissonis var. bipinnatisecta (Less.) J.T. Howell
Franseria chamissonis Less.
Franseria chamissonis subsp. bipinnatisecta (Less.) Wiggins & Stockw.
Franseria chamissonis var. bipinnatisecta Less.
1. Involucres with 2-4 series of short, sharp spines; leaves mostly alternate................A. chamissonis
1. Involucres with a single series of short spines or tubercles above the middle; leaves, or at least the lower ones, opposite.
2. Plants annual from fibrous roots; leaves mostly stalked, mostly twice pinnatifid; involucres with short spines..................A. artemisiiifolia
2. Plants perennial from creeping roots; leaves short-stalked or nearly unstalked, only once-pinnatifid; involucres with tubercles......................A. psilostachys
Source: Illustrated Flora of British Columbia