Mock heather is a broad, compact, much-branched
shrub growing 1' to 3-1/2' tall. The herbage is resinous, the many leaves
alternate, linear, 1/8" to 3/8" long and almost tubular with
dense fascicles of small leaves in the leaf axils. The radiate
flower heads are in terminal clusters with turbinate involucres about
1/4" high, each of which has bracts or phyllaries that are imbricate
in 3-4 series, the outer lanceolate and acuminate and the inner narrow-oblong
and acute, tomentose-ciliate, and usually with a small green spine at
the tip. There are 2-6 yellow ray flowers and 8-14 disk flowers.
The fruit is a cylindric, striate, glabrous to ± silvery-hairy
achene with a pappus of many whitish to tan hair-like bristles. Mock
heather is fairly common on dunes and sandy areas near the coast from
Los Angeles Co. to central California, blooming from August to November.
Jepson says that this species hybridizes with Chrysothamnus
nauseosus. These pictures were taken at Point Dume.
Click here for name derivations: 1) Ericameria
Pronunciation: er-ik-a-MER-ee-a er-i-KO-i-dees.
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