Taxon: Purshia tridentata (Pursh) DC.

Genus: Purshia
Family: Rosaceae
  Subfamily: Dryadoideae
      Tribe: Cercocarpeae
Nomen number: 30375
Place of publication: Trans. Linn. Soc. London 12:158. 1818 ("1817")
Name Verified on: 14-May-1992 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 12-Jan-2010
Species priority site is: Western Regional PI Station (W6)
Accessions: 69 in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

  • antelope bitterbrush  (Source: pers. comm.) - English
  • bitterbrush  (Source: F Utah) - English

Economic Importance:

  • Environmental: revegetator (for land reclamation fide L. Gilbert, pers. comm. 1998)

Distributional Range:


  • Northern America

    • North-Central U.S.A.: United States - South Dakota
    • Northwestern U.S.A.: United States - Montana, - Oregon, - Washington, - Wyoming
    • South-Central U.S.A.: United States - New Mexico
    • Southwestern U.S.A.: United States - Arizona, - California
    • Western Canada: Canada - British Columbia


  • Cronquist, A. et al. Intermountain flora. 1972- (Intermt F)
  • Englert, J. M. et al. USDA-NRCS Improved conservation plant materials released by NRCS and cooperators. 1999- (NRCS Cons Pl Mat)
  • Gilbert, L. 1998. pers. comm. (pers. comm.)
  • Kearney, T. H. & R. H. Peebles Arizona flora, ed. 2. 1969 (F Ariz)
  • Martin, W. C. & C. R. Hutchins A flora of New Mexico. 1980 (F New Mex)
  • Moerman, D. Native American ethnobotany, ed. 5. 1998 (Nat Amer Ethnobot)
  • Welsh, S. L. et al. A Utah flora. Great Basin Naturalist Mem. 9. 1987 (F Utah)


Check other web resources for Purshia tridentata (Pursh) DC. :


  • Seed: U.S. National Seed Herbarium image