Herbage usually glabrous, sometimes minutely hispidulous, often stipitate-glandular, often resinous. Leaf blades oblanceolate to narrowly obovate, 20-150 mm, margins entire or toothed or lobed (teeth or lobes apically rounded-obtuse). Involucres 5-8 × 5-7 mm. Phyllary apices yellowish to greenish yellow, sometimes spinulose-aristate, usually not gland-dotted, usually with single, strongly developed, subepidermal resin pocket nearly as wide as bracts, sometimes a central pocket and 2+ smaller, lateral ones (resin pockets sometimes formed from numerous, coalesced, sessile glands). Florets 12-27; corollas 5-7(-8) mm. Cypsela ribs not forming apical horns. Isocoma acradenia is distinctive in its whitish stems and narrow, whitish-indurate phyllaries with an apical resin pocket (or pockets). The leaves often occur in axillary fascicles.
Varieties 3 (3 in the flora): sw United States, nw Mexico.
FNA 2006, Benson and Darrow 1981, Kearney and Peebles 1969
Common Name: alkali goldenbush Duration: Perennial Nativity: Native Lifeform: Subshrub Wetland Status: FACU General: Erect shrub, densely branched 30-100 cm, with mostly ascending, slender, brittle, woody stems; herbage glandular punctate, copiously resinous-glutinous, young herbage with sparse, short, white hairs covered in resin. Leaves: Oblong to oblanceolate, entire to toothed or lobed to shallowly parted. Flowers: Involucral bract an apically thickened, wartlike, green area bearing minute dotlike resin glands near tip; phyllaries linear-oblong, margins narrowly transparent-membranous and erose-ciliate at tip; corolla lobes 0.5-0.7 or occasionally 1 mm long, nearly acute, bright yellow, longer than pappus. Fruits: Ribbed cypselae, moderately to densely pubescent, pappus of many coarse persistent barbellate and uneven bristles. Ecology: Found on desert slopes, hillsides, and plains below 4,000 ft (1219 m); flowers August-October. Distribution: s CA, s NV, UT, AZ; south to n MEX. Notes: Told apart from other Isocoma spp. by the characteristic wartlike resin pocket near tip of phyllaries. Ethnobotany: Used as a poultice applied to sores, steeped for sore throats, and as a building material. Etymology: Isocoma is from the Greek meaning an equal hair-tuft, referring to flowers, acradenia is from Greek for pointed-glanded. Synonyms: Haplopappus acradenius Editor: SBuckley 2010, FSCoburn 2015