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name for shrubby plants of the American genus Chrysothamnus of the family Asteraceae (asteraster
[Gr.,=star], common name for the Asteraceae (Compositae), the aster family, in North America, name for plants of the genus Aster, sometimes called wild asters, and for a related plant more correctly called China aster (Callistephus chinensis
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 family). They grow in arid regions of the W United States and in Mexico and are characteristic chaparral plants. The latex found in many species has been suggested as a source of rubber. Attention was first drawn to them because the PaiutePaiute
, two distinct groups of Native North Americans speaking languages belonging to the Shoshonean group of the Uto-Aztecan branch of the Aztec-Tanoan linguistic stock (see Native American languages).
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 chew the wood and bark as a crude chewing gum. Many rabbitbrushes are good browsing plants for sheep and wildlife. The flower buds have been gathered by the Native Americans for food. Rabbitbrush is classified in the division MagnoliophytaMagnoliophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called the flowering plants, or angiosperms. The angiosperms have leaves, stems, and roots, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
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, class Magnoliopsida, order Asterales, family Asteraceae.
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Molina B is characterized by pasture sagebrush, Rocky Mountain juniper, Party's rabbitbrush (Chrysothamnus paryii), and pinyon pine at the periphery.
Bushwacking through scrubby, waist-high rabbitbrush toward the creek, we crunched dried ``meadow muffins,'' evidence of the livestock in the wilderness.
Beyond the point, 10 miles of trails skitter through the park's desertscape of sage, rabbitbrush, mountain mahogany, Utah juniper, and pinon, revealing vertigo-inducing views into deep-throated canyons.
However, you will run into plenty of scrub oak, manzanita, rabbitbrush, coffeeberry, curl-leaf mountain mahogany, white and purple sage, ceanothus (also called California lilac), false lupine (a yellow-flowered bush that is similar to ceanothus) and other chaparral vegetation.
Vegetation near the trap was scattered small tamarisk, rabbitbrush (Chrysothamnus nauseosus; Asteraceae), virgin's bower (Clematis ligusticifolia; Ranunculaceae), saltgrass (Distichlis spicata; Poaceae), and other low-growing forbs.
To keep shrubs compact, cut all stems of beautyberry, bluebeard, butterfly bush, dyer's greenweed (Genista tinctoria), rubber rabbitbrush, and snakeweed (Gutierrezia sarothrae) to within a few inches of the ground before they leaf out.