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Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Cladus: Asterids
Cladus: Campanulids
Ordo: Asterales

Familia: Asteraceae
Subfamilia: Asteroideae
Tribus: Astereae
Subtribus: Unassigned Astereae
Genus: Ericameria
Species: E. albida – E. arborescens – E. arizonica – E. bloomeri – E. bolanderi – E. brachylepis – E. cervina – E. compacta – E. cooperi – E. crispa – E. cuneata – E. discoidea – E. ericoides – E. fasciculata – E. gilmanii – E. greenei – E. juarezensis – E. laricifolia – E. lignumviridis – E. linearifolia – E. linearis – E. martirensis – E. monocephala – E. nana – E. nauseosa – E. obovata – E. ophitidis – E. palmeri – E. paniculata – E. parishii – E. parryi – E. pinifolia – E. resinosa – E. suffruticosa – E. teretifolia – E. uintahensis – E. viscosa – E. watsonii – E. winwardii – E. zionis

Ericameria Nutt., Trans. Amer. Philos. Soc. ser. 2, 7: 318. (1840)

Type species: Ericameria ericoides (Less.) Nutt. ex Jeps., Fl. W. Calif. [Jepson] 559. (1901)

Note: Genus unplaced in a subtribe.

Nuttall, T. 1840. Descriptions of new species and genera of plants in the natural order of the Compositae, collected in a tour across the continent to the Pacific, a residence in Oregon, and a visit to the Sandwich Islands and upper California, during the years 1834 and 1835. Transactions of the American Philosophical Society, held at Philadelphia, for promoting useful knowledge, n.s.[new series][ser. 2], 7: 283–453. BHL Reference page.
Hassler, M. 2027. Ericameria. World Plants: Synonymic Checklists of the Vascular Plants of the World In: Roskovh, Y., Abucay, L., Orrell, T., Nicolson, D., Bailly, N., Kirk, P., Bourgoin, T., DeWalt, R.E., Decock, W., De Wever, A., Nieukerken, E. van, Zarucchi, J. & Penev, L., eds. 2027. Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2027 Dec. 16. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2017. Ericameria. Published online. Accessed: Dec. 16 2017.
Roberts, R.P. & Urbatsch, L.E. 2003. Molecular phylogeny of Ericameria (Asteraceae, Astereae) based on nuclear ribosomal 3' ETS and ITS sequence data. Taxon 52: 209–228. DOI: 10.2307/3647390

Ericameria is a genus of North American shrubs in the daisy family.[2][3][4]

Ericameria is known by the common names goldenbush, rabbitbrush, turpentine bush, and rabbitbush. Most are shrubs but one species (E. parishii) can reach tree stature. They are distributed in western Canada (Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia) western United States (from the western Great Plains to the Pacific) and northern Mexico. Bright yellow flower heads adorn the plants in late summer. All the species have disc florets, while some have ray florets but others do not. Ericameria nauseosa, (synonym Chrysothamnus nauseosus), is known for its production of latex.[5][4]


This genus has a number of admirable landscape plants for heavily alkaline soils, but most species need extensive rejuvenation pruning every three years, making not ideal for common yards. Overwatering will kill the plants.

Ericameria species are used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species including Schinia argentifascia, Schinia tertia, Schinia unimacula and Schinia walsinghami.
Selected species
Ericameria section Asiris

Ericameria albida
Ericameria arizonica
Ericameria cervina
Ericameria discoidea
Ericameria gilmanii
Ericameria lignumviridis
Ericameria nana
Ericameria nauseosa (syn. Chrysothamnus nauseosus)
Ericameria obovata
Ericameria ophitidis
Ericameria parryi — Parry's Rabbitbrush
Ericameria resinosa
Ericameria watsonii

Ericameria section Ericameria

Ericameria arborescens — Golden-fleece; exclusive food plant of the moth Bucculatrix ericameriae
Ericameria brachylepis — Boundary Goldenbush
Ericameria cooperi
Ericameria cuneata
Ericameria ericoides — Mock Heather, Goldenbush
Ericameria fasciculata — Eastwood's Goldenbush
Ericameria juarezensis
Ericameria laricifolia
Ericameria linearifolia
Ericameria martirensis
Ericameria palmeri — Palmer's Goldenweed, False Broomweed
Ericameria paniculata — Sticky Rabbitbrush, Black-banded Rabbitbrush
Ericameria parishii
Ericameria pinifolia — Pine Goldenbush
Ericameria teretifolia — Needle-leaved Rabbitbrush

Ericameria section Macronema

Ericameria bloomeri
Ericameria compacta
Ericameria crispa
Ericameria greenei
Ericameria suffruticosa
Ericameria winwardii
Ericameria zionis


Flann, C (ed) 2009+ Global Compositae Checklist Archived 2014-11-22 at
Nuttall, Thomas. 1840. Transactions of the American Philosophical Society, new series 7: 318–320 in English
Tropicos, Ericameria Nutt.
Flora of North America Goldenbush Ericameria Nuttall
Everitt, J.H.; Lonard, R.L.; Little, C.R. (2007). Weeds in South Texas and Northern Mexico. Lubbock: Texas Tech University Press. ISBN 0-89672-614-2

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