Artemisia bigelovii

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Artemisia bigelovii
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Genus: Artemisia
Species: A. bigelovii
Binomial name
Artemisia bigelovii
A.Gray
Synonyms

Artemisia petrophila

Artemisia bigelovii is a species of sagebrush known by the common name Bigelow sagebrush.

Distribution[edit]

It is native to the southwestern United States, where it grows in desert, basin, grassland, and juniper woodland habitats. It is very drought-tolerant and lives in arid regions on sandy and limestone-rich soils.[1]

Description[edit]

Artemisia bigelovii is a bushy shrub growing from a woody base and reaching a maximum height around half a meter. It has many slender, curving branches with shreddy bark and is generally rounded in shape.

The stem branches and leaves are coated in silvery hairs, giving the plant a gray color. The leaves are less than 3 centimeters long and may end in a point or in three distinct teeth.

The inflorescence is a panicle of flower heads containing yellowish disc florets and occasionally a small ray floret. The fruit is a tiny achene about a millimeter long.

Uses[edit]

This species of sagebrush is good winter fodder for grazing animals and it is cultivated as plant cover on recovering rangeland and for erosion control.[1]

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