Gymnosperma glutinosum [Asteraceae]

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Scientific Name Gymnosperma glutinosum (Xanthocephalum glutinosum) USDA PLANTS Symbol GYGL
Common Name Tatalencho, Gumweed ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 37490
Family Asteraceae (Sunflower) SEINet
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Description Habitat: Gravelly, sandy, or loamy flats, rocky slopes, crevices and ledges, streambeds from 1,000 to 6,000 ft.
Plant: Erect perennial shrub 20 inches to 5 ft. tall; slender stems herbaceous above and woody, reddish below; stems, leaves and flowering heads are covered with a sticky (glutinous) substance.
Leaves: Alternate, sessile, linear to linear-lanceolate stem leaves 3/4 to 2 inches long, sticky surfaces, entire margins.
Inflorescence: Many composite yellow flower heads in congested corymbs atop the stems a few inches across; each small blossom with a few ray and disk florets; sticky phyllaries light-green or whitish with pointed, dark green tips.
Bloom Period: March to December.
References: "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston, University of Texas and SEINet.
Note: Thanks to Steven Schwartzmann of Austin for the correct identification.
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