Plant Species of San Jacinto Mountain: Ericameria species, The Goldenbushes
Bruce Watts and Tom Chester
This is a work in progress, which we've just begun.
Goldenbushes are evergreen shrubs that delight botanists by blooming in late summer and fall, or, in one case, early spring, when most other shrubby plants are out of bloom. Some of the blooms are spectacular, making the whole plant appear golden, hence the common name; see Fig. 1. As a bonus, in some species, the flowers are followed by a display of beautiful seeds.
Fig. 1. Left: Ericameria linearifolia , narrowleaf goldenbush, with flowering heads that contain both ray (petal-like) flowers and disk flowers. Right: Ericameria parishii, Parish's goldenbush, with flowering heads that contain only disk flowers.
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Table 1 gives the names of the Ericameria species found here, along with some basic information about each.
Table 1. The Ericameria species of San Jacinto Mountain
Scientific Name Common Name Elevation Range (feet) Locations E. cuneata var. spathulata wide-leaved rock goldenbush 2230-6890 E. linearifolia narrowleaf goldenbush E. nauseosa var. bernardina San Bernardino rubber rabbitbrush 5400-9000 E. nauseosa var. hololeuca ghostly rabbitbrush 4600? E. nauseosa var. oreophila threadleaf rabbitbrush E. parishii Parish's goldenbush 4000-6000 E. pinifolia pine goldenbush E. teretifolia green rabbitbrush
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Updated 8 November 2020.