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Tucson Pollen Today and Tomorrow - November

Seasonal pollen has increased mainly due to weed growth promoted by a wet summer monsoon this year (recent monsoons have been relatively dry).  Amaranthus palmeri (Carelessweed, one of the pigweeds) and  Salsola (Russian Thistle or Tumbleweed) have been flowering extensively throughout Tucson.  Ambrosia ambrosiodes (canyon ragweed) and another ragweed,  Ambrosia deltoidea (triangle leaf bursage, rabbit bush) are not flowering.

Grasses have been flowering for several months.  Bermuda grass (Cynodon dactylon), established in alleys and roadsides, is drying up and unless irrigated will finish releasing pollen.  Other non-native grasses such as  Pennisetum ciliare (Buffel Grass) and native grasses such as Aristida (Threeawn) and Bouteloua (Grama Grass) have flowered extensively, and are now dormant.

Baccharis (Desert Broom) has been releasing pollen from the male flowers, and the tufted seeds maturing in the female flowers will fly in the wind in a few weeks' time.   Mold growth in the soil during the monsoon is yielding airborne spores now that the surface layers of soil are starting to dry up. 

Note:  This information is based on ongoing observation of flowering allergenic plants in the Tucson metropolitan area, and not on pollen counts.  Appearance and persistence in the air of any particular species of airborne pollen are expected to be later than the onset and duration of flowering of the plant of origin.                                                                            Back

Updated 10-31-2012


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