Picrothamnus desertorum



INTRODUCTORY


Larry Blakely

Larry Blakely

AUTHORSHIP AND CITATION:
McWilliams, Jack. 2003. Picrothamnus desertorum. In: Fire Effects Information System, [Online]. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire Sciences Laboratory (Producer). Available: http://www.fs.fed.us/database/feis/ [].

FEIS ABBREVIATION:
PICDES

SYNONYMS:
Artemisia spinescens D.C. Eat [12,16,28,33,65]

NRCS PLANT CODE [59]:
PIDE4

COMMON NAMES:
budsage
bud sage
bud sagebrush

TAXONOMY:
The scientific name of budsage is Picrothamnus desertorum Nutt. (Asteraceae) [21,32,48].

Budsage is not known to hybridize with other species [30,69].

LIFE FORM:
Shrub

FEDERAL LEGAL STATUS:
No special status

OTHER STATUS:
Information on state- and province-level protection status of plants in the United States and Canada is available at NatureServe.

DISTRIBUTION AND OCCURRENCE

SPECIES: Artemisia spinescens
GENERAL DISTRIBUTION:
Budsage occurs from southwestern Montana, central Idaho, and eastern Oregon south to southeastern California, New Mexico, Arizona, and Colorado [32,59,69]. Plants database provides a distributional map of budsage.

ECOSYSTEMS [23]:
FRES29 Sagebrush
FRES30 Desert shrub
FRES33 Southwestern shrubsteppe
FRES35 Pinyon-juniper
FRES40 Desert grasslands

STATES:
AZ CA CO ID MT
NV NM OR UT WY

BLM PHYSIOGRAPHIC REGIONS [5]:
5 Columbia Plateau
6 Upper Basin and Range
7 Lower Basin and Range
8 Northern Rocky Mountains
9 Middle Rocky Mountains
10 Wyoming Basin
11 Southern Rocky Mountains
12 Colorado Plateau
13 Rocky Mountain Piedmont

KUCHLER [35] PLANT ASSOCIATIONS:
K023 Juniper-pinyon woodland
K024 Juniper steppe woodland
K038 Great Basin sagebrush
K040 Saltbush-greasewood
K041 Creosote bush
K053 Grama-galleta steppe
K055 Sagebrush steppe
K056 Wheatgrass-needlegrass shrubsteppe
K057 Galleta-threeawn shrubsteppe

SAF COVER TYPES [19]:
220 Rocky Mountain juniper
238 Western juniper
239 Pinyon-juniper

SRM (RANGELAND) COVER TYPES [52]:
107 Western juniper/big sagebrush/bluebunch wheatgrass
211 Creosote bush scrub
314 Big sagebrush-bluebunch wheatgrass
315 Big sagebrush-Idaho fescue
316 Big sagebrush-rough fescue
320 Black sagebrush-bluebunch wheatgrass
321 Black sagebrush-Idaho fescue
324 Threetip sagebrush-Idaho fescue
401 Basin big sagebrush
402 Mountain big sagebrush
403 Wyoming big sagebrush
404 Threetip sagebrush
405 Black sagebrush
406 Low sagebrush
407 Stiff sagebrush
408 Other sagebrush types
412 Juniper-pinyon woodland
414 Salt desert shrub
501 Saltbush-greasewood
502 Grama-galleta
504 Juniper-pinyon pine woodland
612 Sagebrush-grass

HABITAT TYPES AND PLANT COMMUNITIES:
Budsage is a xeric plant occurring in many desert shrub communities. It is most common with other salt-tolerant desert shrubs such as greasewood (Sarcobatus spp.) and saltbushes (Atriplex spp.).

In the Surprise Valley of California, Young and others [40] list a community type of spiny hopsage (Grayia spinosa)/budsage/Indian ricegrass (Achnatherum hymenoides).

In the Churchill Canyon watershed of Nevada, Blackburn and others [7] describe a habitat type of black greasewood (S. vermiculatus)/budsage/desert needlegrass (A. speciosum) with a black greasewood/budsage community type as a component. They also delineate a shadscale (Atriplex confertifolia)/budsage community type in the same watershed. In Nevada's Cow Creek watershed there are several community types with budsage as a dominant. These are [6]:

shadscale/budsage/winterfat (Krascheninnikovia lanata)
shadscale/budsage/black greasewood
shadscale/budsage/bottlebrush squirreltail (Elymus elymoides)
black greasewood/shadscale/budsage

In the Great Salt Lake Desert of Utah, Vest [62] describes a shadscale/budsage community type, and budsage is a "subdominant" in saltbush, horsebrush (Tetradymia spp.), and winterfat communities in desert shrub of western Utah [20]. Wyoming's Red Desert has a cover type of budsage on alluvial flats [10].

Associates: Budsage occurs in several ecosystems. Its more common associates in some of these ecosystems include:

Desert shrub: shadscale, fourwing saltbush (A. canescens), valley saltbush (A. cuneata), Gardner's saltbush (A. gardneri), low rabbitbrush (Chrysothamnus viscidiflorus var. stenophyllus), green molly (Kochia americana), winterfat, spiny hopsage, and horsebrushes [3].

Sagebrush (Artemisia spp.): big sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata), birdfoot sagebrush (A. pedatifida), green rabbitbrush (C. viscidiflorus ), rubber rabbitbrush (C. nauseosus), granite prickly phlox (Leptodactylon pungens), western wheatgrass (Pascopyrum smithii), Indian ricegrass, and bluegrasses (Poa spp.) [13].

Sagebrush/grassland: big sagebrush, rubber rabbitbrush, western wheatgrass, and Indian ricegrass [14].

Salt-desert scrub: black greasewood, shadscale, Gardner's saltbush, fourwing saltbush, spiny hopsage, and winterfat [43].


BOTANICAL AND ECOLOGICAL CHARACTERISTICS

SPECIES: Artemisia spinescens
GENERAL BOTANICAL CHARACTERISTICS:
This description of budsage includes characteristics that may be relevant to fire ecology. It is not meant for identification. Keys for identification are available (e.g. [30,36,56,68]).

Budsage is a native, summer-deciduous shrub [9]. It is small, round, and prickly with a height of 4 to 10 inches (10-25 cm) and a spread of 8 to 12 inches (20-30 cm) [30]. This low, spinescent, pungently aromatic shrub is profusely branched from the base [36,68]. After leaves and flowers fall from the plant, the flower stalks become woody, dry spines that may persist for several seasons [68]. Budsage's fruits are an oblong or ellipsoid hairy achene [56]. Dittberner and Olson [15] report budsage is endomycorrhizal.

Budsage is well adapted to xeric conditions. A layer of interxylary cork is formed annually over the last year's wood in both roots and stem. This layer of cork restricts upward movement of water to the very narrow zone of wood formed by the current year's growth and helps prevent water loss during the dormant season [36,68].

Roots: Budsage's root system is more branched and penetrates the soil more deeply than its associated shrub species. This allows budsage more efficient utilization of limited spring moisture [9,69]. However, the Institute for Land Rehabilitation [30] describes budsage's root system as shallow and fibrous. Budsage's extensive root system has a short, thick, vertical taproot up to 6 inches (15 cm) with many small horizontal side branches [68,69]. Budsage's root system grows primarily in the top 6 to 21.7 inches (15-55 cm) of soil [36]; but in gravel-free sandy soils, roots may extend up to 6 feet (1.8 m) [68].

Occasionally budsage produces adventitious roots. This occurs when the lowest branches are completely covered by soil. Budsage growing in bottomlands produce adventitious roots more often than those growing on benches [69].

RAUNKIAER [44] LIFE FORM:
Chamaephyte

REGENERATION PROCESSES:
Breeding system: Budsage is monoecious [42].

Pollination: Budsage is wind pollinated [42].

Seed production: Good seed production occurs infrequently because budsage blooms so early in the spring developing embryos are frequently frozen [36].

Seed dispersal: Sagebrush seed in general has very poor dispersal. It lacks appendages for airborne transport by the wind or for attachment to animals. Most sagebrush seed falls beneath the parent plant and moves 3 feet (0.9 m) or less per generation [50]. There is no specific information about seed dispersal for budsage.

Seed banking: No information

Germination: Budsage has small seeds, 641,250/per ounce (2,250/gm) [4], and germination is low [30]. Flowerheads fall from the plant intact without breaking apart to release the seeds. Sometimes seed germinates while still in the head [36,68].

Seedling establishment/growth: Budsage was planted at the Black Butte mine in Wyoming as part of a wildlife improvement project and had 64% plant establishment the 1st year [51]. In an experiment at the Desert Experimental Range in southwestern Utah, West [66] compared survival of budsage plants in grazed and ungrazed plots. In 4 ungrazed plots, seedlings of budsage established in 1935 and 1936 were counted until 1968. The spring of 1936 was drier than average and had poor seed production; shrub seedlings were rare. West [66] speculates that difference in survival for the 2 cohorts may be a function of initial plant size, especially root structure, with the 1936 cohort being influenced by the dry spring. Percent survivorship was:

Year cohort counted 1935 1936 1937 1958 1968
1935 cohort 70 61 58 52 41
1936 cohort -- 9 3 2 1

Wood [68] states soil must be wet for 30 days or budsage seedlings will not survive.

Asexual regeneration: Everett and others [17] tested propagation of Nevada shrubs by stem cuttings and found budsage to be one of the "...most easily propagated." Budsage also can regenerate by layering [69].

SITE CHARACTERISTICS:
Budsage generally grows in arid areas including foothills and ridges and has excellent drought tolerance requiring 8 to14 inches (200-350 mm) annual precipitation [30].

Elevation: Within the Great Basin budsage has an elevational range of 4,000 to 5,400 feet (1,219-1,646 m) [30]. Altitudinal ranges for individual states are:

Arizona: 5,500 to 6,000 feet (1,676-1,829 m) [33]
California: 2,953 to 5,249 feet (900-1,600 m) [28]
Colorado: 4,500 to 8,000 feet (1,372-2,438 m) [27]
Nevada: 2,300 to 6,800 feet (701-2,073 m)  [50]
Utah: 3,937 to 6,316 feet (1,200-1,925 m) [65]

Soils: Hutchings [29] states budsage ordinarily grows on slightly alkaline soil. The Institute for Land Rehabilitation [30] describes soils that budsage grows on as shallow, loamy, well-drained, and slightly alkaline. In a study of community types in the Great Salt Lake Desert of Utah, Vest [62] analyzed the soil in a shadscale/budsage community. His specific findings support the general statements of Hutchings [29] and The Institute for Land Rehabilitation [30]. The pH of the soil in a shadscale/budsage community in Utah was [62]:

Depth of Samples
2 inches 2 inches (taken under shadscale plant) 2 inches (taken under budsage plant) 1 foot 2 feet
8.7 9.4 9.1 9.7 10.0

Vest reported salt content, expressed as percent of the oven-dry weight of the samples as:

Depth of sample NaCl Na2SO4 Na2CO3 NaHCO3 Total
2 inches 0.009 0.026 0.006 0.088 0.152
1 foot 0.014 0.062 0.091 0.098 0.520
2 feet 0.016 0.044 0.053 0.121 0.408
3 feet 0.159 0.062 0.015 0.053 0.380

Soil texture in the same community was expressed as percent of oven-dry weight:

Depth Percent sand Percent silt Percent clays Type
Very coarse Coarse Medium Fine Very Fine Clay Fine clay
2 inches (under shadscale) 1.0 1.6 2.6 9.0 18.8 46.0 2.4 24.8 clay loam
2 inches (under budsage) 1.0 1.6 2.2 8.8 15.2 47.2 4.8 14.8 loam
2 inches 0.7 2.0 2.5 5.0 22.4 39.6 2.4 24.8 clay loam
1 foot 4.0 5.6 8.0 13.2 11.2 24.0 7.2 25.2 clay loam
2 feet 5.2 6.6 10.6 16.4 10.9 19.6 3.6 24.0 sandy clay loam

SUCCESSIONAL STATUS:
Budsage is part of plant succession from colonizer to climax communities.

Early: Webb and others [64] characterize budsage as a pioneer species on disturbed sites in California's Death Valley National Monument.

Mid-successional: In the Great Salt Lake Desert of Utah, budsage is a mid-seral species on vegetated-dune communities [62].

Climax: Budsage is a component of climax vegetation on dense clay and clayey soil types in Montana [46].

SEASONAL DEVELOPMENT:
Budsage is a summer-deciduous shrub. Depending on growing season conditions budsage may initiate growth in early March and be dormant by late June [9]. In a study observing phenology of desert shrubs in southern Nye County, Nevada, budsage always became dormant when daytime air temperatures were over 104 degrees Fahrenheit (40 oC) and did not break dormancy even after summer rains but always broke dormancy after fall rains [1]. Chambers and Norton [9] discuss summer dormancy of budsage in Utah and state that when fall precipitation is sufficient to penetrate the soil from 9.8 to 11.8 inches (25-30 cm), budsage will break dormancy and produce new leaves but the stems will not elongate. This enables budsage to evade summer drought yet still take advantage of late-summer rain. Plants then remain green all winter providing succulent forage throughout winter and spring [30].

In southwestern Utah, Wood and Brotherson [69] gave supplemental water to a group of natural budsage seedlings and gave no supplemental water to another group. The group with supplemental water broke summer dormancy on August 28 and the group of seedlings without supplemental water broke summer dormancy 2 weeks later.

In 2 shadscale/galleta (Pleuraphis jamesii) sites in Nevada separated by 34.2 miles (55 km), budsage broke winter dormancy on March 22nd (southern-most site) and March 24th [18]. Hutchings [29] states growth begins early in March or April as soon as the weather becomes warm, and flowers are produced in May. Seed is shed at the end of June [30].


FIRE ECOLOGY

SPECIES: Artemisia spinescens
FIRE ECOLOGY OR ADAPTATIONS:
Fire adaptations: Budsage is killed by fire [66].

Fire regimes: Fires in deserts are historically more rare than in most western ecosystems. The more arid the desert, the less fuel produced and the less frequent and severe are any fires that may occur. However, even though fire frequency and severity may be relatively low, fire's effect on the ecosystem may be severe. The Great Basin Desert is a cold-desert area characterized by a variety of shrubs with a generally sparse understory. Plant communities are usually dominated by big sagebrush or shadscale. Budsage is similar to shadscale in general growth form, and like shadscale communities, budsage communities rarely burn [47].

The following table provides fire return intervals where budsage may be an important component of the vegetation. For further information on fire regimes in these communities, see the FEIS summary on the dominant species listed below.

Community or Ecosystem Dominant Species Fire Return Interval Range (years)
sagebrush steppe Artemisia tridentata/Pseudoroegneria spicata 20-70 [41]
basin big sagebrush A. tridentata var. tridentata 12-43 [46]
mountain big sagebrush A. tridentata var. vaseyana 15-40  [2,8,38]
Wyoming big sagebrush A tridentata var. wyomingensis 10-70 (40**) [63,70]
saltbush-greasewood Atriplex confertifolia-Sarcobatus vermiculatus < 35 to < 100
desert grasslands Bouteloua eriopoda and/or Pleuraphis mutica 5-100
grama-galleta steppe B. gracilis-Pleuraphis jamesii < 35 to < 100
western juniper Juniperus occidentalis 20-70
Rocky Mountain juniper J. scopulorum < 35
pinyon-juniper Pinus-Juniperus spp. < 35 [41]
Mexican pinyon P. cembroides 20-70 [39,58]
Colorado pinyon P. edulis 10-400+ [22,24,34,41]
galleta-threeawn shrubsteppe Pleuraphis jamesii-Aristida purpurea < 35 to < 100 [41]
**mean

POSTFIRE REGENERATION STRATEGY [55]:
Initial off-site colonizer (off-site, initial community)
Secondary colonizer (on-site or off-site seed sources)

FIRE EFFECTS

SPECIES: Artemisia spinescens
IMMEDIATE FIRE EFFECT ON PLANT:
Budsage is killed by fire [66].

DISCUSSION AND QUALIFICATION OF FIRE EFFECT:
No further information is available.

PLANT RESPONSE TO FIRE:
There is no information in the literature concerning budsage's response to fire other than West's [66] statement that fire kills budsage. Research in this area is needed.

DISCUSSION AND QUALIFICATION OF PLANT RESPONSE:
No further information is available.

FIRE MANAGEMENT CONSIDERATIONS:
Information on budsage and fire management is lacking. Further research is needed.

MANAGEMENT CONSIDERATIONS

SPECIES: Artemisia spinescens
IMPORTANCE TO LIVESTOCK AND WILDLIFE:
Johnson [31] describes budsage as palatable, nutritious forage for upland game birds, small game, big game and domestic sheep in winter, particularly late winter. Budsage can be poisonous or fatal to calves when eaten in quantity [60]. Stubbendieck and others [56] report budsage as poisonous to cattle when consumed alone, but not poisonous to domestic sheep. However, Van Dyne [61] states budsage is known to cause sore mouths in lambs.

When budsage 1st shows signs of breaking winter dormancy, but before buds elongate, the bark can be easily removed from the previous season's growth by pulling. This condition is referred to as "slipping." At this time, budsage becomes palatable to domestic sheep. After the new twigs have elongated somewhat, budsage's palatability drops because the volatile oils increase. Cattle and horses seldom utilize budsage, possibly because of its aromatic oil content [68,69].

Smith and Beale [53] observed pronghorns in Utah from 1961 through 1970. They found during spring (16 March-15 June) budsage made up 18 to 35% of pronghorn diet. Budsage received highest utilization of any plant on western Utah deserts by pronghorns in the spring. The same study determined pronghorns ate no budsage during winter, budsage was <1% of the winter diet of cattle and 4% of the winter diet of domestic sheep. Gullion [26] lists budsage as "excellent" forage for Nevada pronghorn in spring.

Budsage is rated as "regularly, frequently, or moderately taken" by mule deer in Nevada in winter and is utilized by bighorn sheep in summer, but the importance of budsage in the diet of bighorns is not known [26].

Black-tailed jackrabbits and small rodents generally eat only leaves, small branches, and twigs of budsage. However, black-tailed jackrabbits may occasionally prune back an entire plant [68,69].

Chukars eat leaves and seeds of budsage in Nevada [26]. Sage thrashers appear to prefer territories with great amounts of black sagebrush (Artemisia nova), shadscale, and budsage in the Great Basin [37]. However, Wiens and others [67] did a statistical analysis of birds and shrubs in the Great Basin and found a significant (P<0.05) negative correlation between presence of budsage and sage thrashers and Brewer's sparrows. They found a significant (P<0.05) positive correlation between budsage and presence of mourning doves and loggerhead shrikes.

Palatability/nutritional value: Palatability of budsage is reported differently by different investigators. Chambers and Norton [9] report budsage is palatable to livestock the whole year. Cook and Harris [11] state budsage is "highly relished" by livestock in early spring, but later in spring, volatile oils increase and livestock avoid budsage. They also report budsage is not readily eaten during fall and winter because only a few dry leaves remain and only the spiny twigs and woody base are available to livestock.

In Utah Green and others [25] studied winter range of domestic sheep. They found domestic sheep frequently browsed 70% of budsage during the 1st contact. This represented all the domestic sheep could readily take, and only stumps of shoots and a limited amount of leafy material protected by coarse wood remained. Hutchings [29] describes budsage as a "good" forage species for domestic sheep that is browsed all winter long but is eaten most readily in late winter when growth begins. During this time budsage is of value to the welfare of browsing animals, especially where there is abundant dry grass to supplement their diet [30].

In a study of "major desert plants" during winter grazing season in Utah, Cook and Harris [11] determined average chemical constituents and average digestibility of budsage:

Average chemical constituents of budsage during winter grazing season

ether extract (%) total protein (%) ash (%) lignin (%) cellulose (%) other carbohydrates (%) gross energy (kcal/lb) phosphorus (%) carotene (mg/lb)
4.9 17.3 21.4 8.6 18.1 29.9 1923 0.33 10.8

Average digestibility of chemical constituents, digestible protein, and metabolizable energy of budsage during winter grazing season

ether extract (%) total protein (%) cellulose (%) other carbohydrates (%) gross energy (%) dry matter digestible protein (%) metabolizable energy (kcal/lb)
72.3 79.1 58.1 61.7 60.3 55.3 13.7 911

Cover value: Budsage is rated as poor cover for big game, upland game birds, and waterfowl. In Utah it is described as "fair" cover for nongame birds and small mammals [15].

VALUE FOR REHABILITATION OF DISTURBED SITES:
There is no pretreatment required to germinate budsage seeds. They germinate at 68 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit (20-30o C) [4].

Budsage is difficult to seed [45] but because of its shallow, fibrous root system, budsage can be used for soil stabilization and erosion control [30].

Two states list budsage as a plant suitable for reclamation or landscaping. Utah describes budsage as suitable for transplanting in mountain chaparral, pinyon/juniper (Pinus spp/Juniperus spp), Douglas-fir/white fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii/Abies concolor), quaking aspen/lodgepole pine (Populus tremuloides/Pinus contorta), ponderosa pine (P. ponderosa), and sagebrush [57]. The state of Nevada lists budsage as a "preferred" plant for highway plantings in salt-desert shrub communities [54].

OTHER USES:
Budsage is an indicator of alkaline soils [56].

OTHER MANAGEMENT CONSIDERATIONS:
Budsage is highly susceptible to effects of browsing. It decreases under browsing due to year-long palatability of its buds and is particularly susceptible to browsing in the spring when it is physiologically most active [9]. Hutchings [29] recommends 50% of annual growth be the maximum browsed. Heavy browsing may kill budsage rapidly [69].


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