Twiggy Wreath Plant
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Twiggy wreath plants are a wide-spread group of species, native to western North America and found throughout California. They occur below 7,000 feet (2,000 m) in disturbed areas in several vegetation types, including coastal sage scrub, chaparral, and coastal strand.
In the Reserve, they are commonly found along the trails and in openings in the coastal sage scrub and revegetated areas along the Pole Road.
Twiggy wreath plant blooms during the driest time of the year. The loss of leaves before flowering is seen in other sage scrub plants, such as deerweed (Acmispon glaber) and sand aster (Corethrogyne filaginfolia) and is presumed to be a strategy to reduce water loss during the dry period.
Human Uses 16
The Kumeyaay dried the whole twiggy wreath plant for future medicinal use. A tea from the roots would get rid of intestinal worms. The Spanish used the whole plant in a tea to clean the stomach after a hangover.
The origin of the common name, twiggy wreath plant, comes partly from the Latin genus name Stephanomeria, which in turn comes from the Greek: “stephane”, meaning wreath and “meros” meaning division.21 While the adjective “twiggy” is appropriate, the relationship of this plant to a wreath is a mystery.23