Chaetopappa ericoides is a species of flowering plant in the daisy family known by the common names rose heath and heath-leaved chaetopappa. It is native to the southwestern and western Great Plains regions of the United States, plus northern Mexico. It is found in California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Sonora, Durango, Zacatecas, San Luis Potosí, and Nuevo León.
Chaetopappa ericoides is a petite perennial herb reaching heights between 5 and 15 centimeters (2-6 inches). The hairy, glandular stem grows from a woody caudex and branches several times. The green leaves are up to about a centimeter long and are glandular and bristly. The tiny flower head is 1 or 2 centimeters wide with white or pinkish ray florets around a center of yellow disc florets. Each head has a base of pointed purple-tipped greenish phyllaries. The fruit is a hairy, round achene with a bristly white pappus.
Among the Zuni people, an infusion of whole pulverized plant applied is rubbed on the body for the pain from a cold, swellings, and rheumatism. A warm infusion of the plant is also taken to hasten parturition.
- The Plant List, Chaetopappa ericoides (Torr.) G.L.Nesom
- Biota of North America Program 2014 county distribution map
- SEINET Southwestern Biodiversity, Arizona Chapter, Chaetopappa ericoides photos, description, range map
- Flora of North America, Rose-heath, Chaetopappa ericoides (Torrey) G. L. Nesom
- Nuttall, Thomas 1840. Transactions of the American Philosophical Society, new series 7: 299 as Eucephalus ericoides
- Stevenson, Matilda Coxe 1915 Ethnobotany of the Zuni Indians. SI-BAE Annual Report #30, p.55
- Jepson Manual Treatment
- United States Department of Agriculture Plants Profile
- Calphotos Photo gallery, University of California
- Southwestern Colorado Wildflowers
- Czech Botany, Chaetopappa ericoides photos; captions in Czech
- Wildflowers West photos
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