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Chondrilla juncea
hogbite, rush skeletonweed, gum succory

Distribution: Occurring chiefly east of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia to California, east to Montana; also occurring in eastern North America.

Habitat: Roadsides, fields, sagebrush desert, wastelots, and other disturbed, open areas at low to middle elevations.

Flowers: July-September

Origin: Introduced from Eurasia

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Pollination: Bees, flies, beetles, wasps


Rush-like, tap-rooted perennial, 3-15 dm. tall, with milky juice.


Basal leaves in a rosette, pinnatifid, with backward-pointing segments, 5-13 cm. long and 1.5-3.5 cm. wide, often deciduous; cauline leaves linear, scattered, 2-10 cm. long and 1-8 mm. wide, white-woolly.


Heads scattered on branches; flowers all ligulate and perfect, yellow, 7-15 in a head; involucre cylindric, with a single row of sub-equal long bracts and a second row of short bracts; pappus of numerous, white capillary bristles.


Achenes several-ribbed, smooth below, with tiny, scaly projections above, terminated by soft, white bristles.

Accepted Name:
Chondrilla juncea L.
Publication: Sp. Pl. 2: 796. 1753.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Chondrilla juncea in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database

WA Flora Checklist: Chondrilla juncea checklist entry

OregonFlora: Chondrilla juncea information

E-Flora BC: Chondrilla juncea atlas page

CalPhotos: Chondrilla juncea photos

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