Broom Snakeweed

Gutierrezia sarothrae

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The Broom Snakeweed, is a plant that grows to about 7.9 to 39.4 inches in height. Its stems can be either brown or green in color and grow outwards from a woody base. During dormancy, the stems die back giving the plant a broom like appearance. They are smooth and have some short little hairs and may be a little sticky, because of some resinous. They grow in clusters of small yellow flowers during mid July to September. The plant can appear domed, because all the stems are about the same length. The leaves are alternate and linear and .20 to 2.36 inches long and .039 to .118 inches wide. Most of the lower leaves shed before the plant starts flowering.

The broom snakeweed, is a North American plant, and is mostly found in west central Canada, and can also be found in Northern Mexico as far south as Zacatecas and Baja California Sur. Because this plant can survive without water for long periods of time this plant mostly lives in desert, dry foot hills, and mountain slopes. This plant can survive very easily with wide varieties of soil types.

The broom snakeweed was used by the native Americans for lots of reasons such as, brooms, treatment for respiratory ailments,to treat colds, coughs, and also to treat dizziness. They also applied the chewed plant to wounds, insect bites, and snake bites.

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2. "Gutierrezia sarothrae (Pursh) Britton & Rusby broom snakeweed." United States Department Agriculture. Natural Resources Conservation Service. n.d. Web. 11 April 2016.

3. "Gutierrezia sarothrae (Pursh) Britton & Rusby." ITIS Report. 11 April 2016. Web. 11 April 2016.

By Francesca Federici, Age: 12

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