|The Triangleleaf Bursage is a member of
the sunflower family. The plant is a densely branched
shrub which grows to about 2 feet in height. Leaves are gray-green on
top (whiter and somewhat fuzzy underneath). The bursage grows in rocky
desert flats and washes at elevations between 1000 and 3000 feet.
The Traingleleaf Bursage is also
known as Burrobush or Rabbitbush (not to be confused with
The plant blooms between December and April and
produces inconspicuous small, greenish, petal-less flowers to 1/4" wide,
followed by burr-like fruits which have hook-tipped spines (enabling
them to hitch a ride on an unsuspecting animal or your socks). The
bursage commonly acts as a nurse plant for several small species of
cactus. It is also known for its ability to produce pollen which
aggravates allergies in some individuals.