A Walk in Fern Bluff Park
November 3, 2001

Page 8- Willow Baccharis (Composite Family)

Archives of previous walks in the park: 12 May 2007 05 May 2007; 28 April 2007, 21 April 2007, 14 April 2007,  1 April 2007 Easter Egg Hunt; 24 March 2007,  17 March 2007; Nov. 03, 2001; April 04, 2001; March 25, 15, 10-11, 04, 2001; February 2418, 10, 2001

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Willow Baccharis grows in moist soil in areas exposed to the sun. It prefers altitudes of 1,000-5,500 ft, and is found in central and western Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, and Kansas.

This much-branched shrub is common in our area, and is decked out in numerous white bristles at this time of year. It is known as Willow Baccharis (Baccharis salicina), so named because its leafy structure (though not the leaves themselves) resembles that of the common willow tree. It is a member of the Compositae, and produces bracts of flowers from May through July. The flowers, though numerous, are not remarkable to the eye and are often overlooked until they mature and produce the more obvious white capillary bristles shown here. 

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Archives of previous walks in the park: 12 May 2007 05 May 2007; 28 April 2007, 21 April 2007, 14 April 2007,  1 April 2007 Easter Egg Hunt; 24 March 2007,  17 March 2007; Nov. 03, 2001; April 04, 2001; March 25, 15, 10-11, 04, 2001; February 2418, 10, 2001