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Isocoma acradenia occurs in the southwestern part of North America. Its bioregional distribution includes Southern California, Nevada, Arizona, and Baja California. Within California, the specific range is comprised by the Tehachapi Mountains, San Joaquin Valley, South Coast Ranges, San Bernardino Mountains and desert. Habitats of occurrence include sandy or clay soils in alkaline or gypsum flats or on slopes at elevation below 1300 meters.

Also known by the common name Alkali goldenbush, this plant can attain a height of up to 130 centimeters, with a rounded or open form. The shiny yellowish white stems manifest as erect or ascending, branched from the base or higher; however, the stems turn yellow-tan or gray with age. The linear, obovate or spoon-shaped leaves are 15 to 60 millimeters long and 1.5 to 15 mm wide. Fruits are yellowish white.

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