Cooper's Goldenbush

Common Names:
Cooper's Goldenbush
Scientific name:
Ericameria cooperi
Synonyms:
Haplopappus cooperi
Elevation range:
1,000-7,000 ft
Flowering Months:
March, April, May, June
Life Cycle | Lifeform:
Shrub
Notes:
Sweet scent, Pungent scent
State Occurrences:
Desert region:
Mojave

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Coopers Goldenbush in the desert

Ericameria cooperi has exserted reproductive parts. If you look closely, you will find tiny spiders on this plant. Joshua Tree National Park | April 21, 2015  

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Coopers Goldenbush in the desert

Ericameria cooperi in its natural landscape. Red Rock Canyon State Park | March 2015   

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Coopers Goldenbush in the desert

A closer view of Ericameria cooperi leaves and flowers. Mojave National Preserve | April 2014   

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Coopers Goldenbush in the desert

Ericameria cooperi growing in a Joshua Tree woodland community.  Joshua Tree National Park | April 2015   

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Coopers Goldenbush in the desert

Ericameria cooperi is in the Asteraceae (Sunflower) family and has only disc flowers, except at times for a few stray individuals on a particular plant. The flowers are golden yellow and stand out beautifully in the warm tones of the desert. Pipes Canyon | April 2016    

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Coopers Goldenbush in the desert

Ericameria cooperi with view of woody stems, tiny leaves and dried flowers. Pipes Canyon, CA | February 2014    

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Coopers Goldenbush in the desert

Ericameria cooperi forms a low rounded shrub. This one is in seed. Pipes Canyon, CA | March 2015    

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Coopers Goldenbush in the desert

A beetle crawls among the leaves of this Ericameria cooperi. The plant is pollinated by native bees and butterflies, and therefore is an important food source for them. Joshua Tree National Park | April 21, 2015 

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Coopers Goldenbush in the desert

Ericameria cooperi that has gone to seed, giving it the look of a cottonball. Joshua Tree National Park | April 2015