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Gutierrezia sarothrae (Pursh) Britton & Rusby
broom snakeweed

General Information
Symbol: GUSA2
Group: Dicot
Family: Asteraceae
Duration: Perennial
Growth Habit: Forb/herb
Native Status: CAN   N
L48   N
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Data Source and Documentation
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Native Status:
lower 48 status L48    Alaska status AK    Hawaii status HI    Puerto Rico status PR    Virgin Islands status VI    Canada status CAN    Greenland status GL    Saint Pierre and Michelon status SPM   


Symbol Scientific Name
GULI2 Gutierrezia linearifolia Lag.
GULE Gutierrezia lepidota Greene
GULI3 Gutierrezia linearis Rydb.
GULI4 Gutierrezia linoides Greene
GUPO2 Gutierrezia pomariensis (S.L. Welsh) S.L. Welsh
XASA4 Xanthocephalum sarothrae (Pursh) Shinners
GUSAP Gutierrezia sarothrae (Pursh) Britton & Rusby var. pomariensis S.L. Welsh
XASAP Xanthocephalum sarothrae (Pursh) Shinners var. pomariense (S.L. Welsh) S.L. Welsh
XATE2 Xanthocephalum tenue (Greene) Shinners
GULO3 Gutierrezia longipappa S.F. Blake
SOSA5 Solidago sarothrae Pursh
GUTE3 Gutierrezia tenuis Greene
GUDI3 Gutierrezia diversifolia Greene


Click on a scientific name below to expand it in the PLANTS Classification Report.
Rank Scientific Name and Common Name
Kingdom Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Subclass Asteridae
Order Asterales
Family Asteraceae ⁄ Compositae – Aster family
Genus Gutierrezia Lag. – snakeweed
Species Gutierrezia sarothrae (Pursh) Britton & Rusby – broom snakeweed

Subordinate Taxa

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Legal Status

U.S. Weed Information
Gutierrezia sarothrae
broom snakeweed
perennial snakeweed
turpentine weed
yellow top
This plant can be weedy or invasive according to the authoritative sources noted below.This plant may be known by one or more common names in different places, and some are listed above. Click on an acronym to view each weed list, or click here for a composite list of Weeds of the U.S.
NE&GP Stubbendieck, J., G.Y. Friisoe,and M.R. Bolick. 1994. Weeds of Nebraska and the Great Plains. Nebraska Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Plant Industry. Lincoln, Nebraska.
WSWS Whitson, T.D. (ed.) et al.. 1996. Weeds of the West. Western Society of Weed Science in cooperation with Cooperative Extension Services, University of Wyoming. Laramie, Wyoming.



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