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Tatalencho, Nakedseed Weed, Jarilla, Moto, Mariquita, Motita, Cola de Zorro, Xonequitl, Hierba Pegajosa, Jucu Ndede, Zazal, Escobilla, Pegajosa
Gymnosperma glutinosum

Asteraceae (Compositae)

Tatalencho is closely related to the Gutierrezia genus, small shrubby plants with slender stems that are herbaceous above and woody near the base, covered from summer through fall with masses of tiny yellow flowers borne in terminal clusters. It can be distinguished from them by the minute size of the ray flowers and lack of pappus. The stems, leaves and flowering heads are covered with a glutinous, or sticky, substance. Its native range is on dry hillsides, rocky soils and dry grasslands in the Trans-Pecos, Edwards Plateau, and Rio Grande Plains, and into New Mexico, Arizona, and Mexico. In Mexico it is used as a treatment for diarrhea, ulcers, and rheumatism. It has been reported to be toxic to livestock.

Plant Habit or Use: small shrub

Exposure: sun

Flower Color: yellow

Blooming Period: summer

Fruit Characteristics: achene

Height: 1 to 4 feet

Width: 1 1/2 to 5 feet

Plant Character: deciduous

Heat Tolerance: very high

Water Requirements:

Soil Requirements: adaptable

USDA Hardiness Zone: 7

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