(Baccharis vanessae )
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Description: Deciduous shrub less than 6.4 feet (2 meters). Stems erect, with dense branches, and with-out hairs. Leaves sessile (attached directly to stem), narrow, generally smooth, and 1/16 - 1 3/4 inches (1-45mm) long. Flower head funnel-shaped. Bracts surrounding the base of the flower are in 4 series. Bracts are narrow, thick, rounded on back, have little bumbs, very small hairs, and pointy tips. The male flowers have corollas 1/8 inch (4mm) long, and a pappus (scales at the top of the fruit - achene) 1/8 inch (4mm) long. The female flowers have corollas 1/8 inch (2.5mm) long, and pappus 2/8-3/8 inches (7-10mm) long. Fruit is 1/8 inch (2-3mm) with very small hairs.
Habitat: Chaparral in Torrey-pine forest, on sandstone. Elevation 192-2304 feet.
Flowering Period: Blooms August - November.
Status: Federal Threatened, California State Endangered, California Native Plant Society List 1B