Brickellia microphylla

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Brickellia microphylla
Brickellia microphylla var microphylla 5.jpg
var microphylla in Nevada
Scientific classification
B. microphylla
Binomial name
Brickellia microphylla
  • Brickellia cedrosensis Greene
  • Brickellia grayanae Hieron.
  • Coleosanthus cedrosensis (Greene) Greene
  • Coleosanthus microphyllus (Nutt.) Kuntze
  • Brickellia scabra (A.Gray) A.Nelson ex B.L.Rob., syn of var. scabra

Brickellia microphylla, known as the littleleaf brickellbush, is a flowering plant species in the daisy family native to western North America.[2][3]


The plant is widespread across much of the Western United States and Northwestern Mexico. It is found from California and Baja California east to New Mexico and Colorado, and north to Washington, Idaho, and Wyoming.[4][5]

Brickellia microphylla var. scabra has a more eastern and southern distribution in the species' range, and grades into Brickellia microphylla var. microphylla in southern and central Utah and eastern California.[3]


Brickellia microphylla is a shrub 30 – −70 centimetres (12 – −28 in) in size.[3]

It produces many small, pale yellow flower heads pale yellow, often purple-tinged.[3] They are often clumped together at the ends of branches.[6] The bloom period is July to October.[2]


Varieties, which can intergrade, include:[1][6]

  • Brickellia microphylla var. microphylla — Littleleaf brickellbush, native to California, Baja California (México), Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.[7]
  • Brickellia microphylla var. scabra A.Gray — Rough brickellbush, native to southeastern California, Baja California, Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Sonora (México), Utah, and Wyoming.[8]
  • Brickellia microphylla var. watsonii — Watson's brickellbush, native to southeastern California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah.[9]


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