Synonyms: Gutierrezia diversifolia, Gutierrezia lepidota, Gutierrezia linearifolia, Gutierrezia linearis, Gutierrezia linoides, Gutierrezia longipappa, Gutierrezia pomariensis, Gutierrezia sarothrae var. pomariensis, Gutierrezia tenuis, Solidago sarothrae, Xanthocephalum sarothrae, Xanthocephalum sarothrae var. pomariense, Xanthocephalum tenue
Matchbrush from US 26 east of Mitchell, OR.....Sept. 3, 1999.
Match brush is small shrub or subshrub from 20 - 60 cm in height. It has numerous thin, brittle (not unlike match sticks) branches. The leaves are linear and range from 2 - 4 cm in length and 1 -2 mm wide. The inflorescences tend to be flat-topped, with the flower heads in compact clusters. The involucre is 3-4.5 mm high. The heads are radiate, with 3 -8 yellow rays. Individual rays are about 2-3 mm long. There are approximately 3-8 central disk flowers.
Match brush may be found in dry, open places in the plains, foothills and lowlands. Match Brush may be found at higher elevations in regions south of the Pacific Northwest.
Match brush is found from Saskatchewan and Alberta south through the western Great Plains to Mexico, and through Idaho to southeastern Washington, throughout eastern Oregon into California.