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Tucson Pollen Today and Tomorrow - December

Seasonal pollen counts are decreasing with the arrival of cooler temperatures.  Amaranthus palmeri (Carelessweed, one of the pigweeds) has been flowering throughout Tucson in October and is going to seed.  Salsola (Russian Thistle or Tumbleweed) is continuing to flower.   Ambrosia ambrosiodes (canyon ragweed) and Ambrosia deltoidea (triangle leaf bursage, rabbit bush) are green and  growing mainly in the foothills and will not flower until the spring..

Grasses have been flowering for several months.  The noxious weeds  Pennisetum ciliare (Buffel Grass) and Pennisetum setaceum (Fountain Grass) have matured and are continuing to flower.  Bermuda grass (Cynodon dactylon), established in alleys and roadsides, is dying off with the cool weather and continues to flower only where it is irrigated.   Grass pollen is expected to decrease in December and January.

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 this month.   Mold counts are expected to decrease this month. 

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


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Comments and suggestions welcome!   Email: schumach@u.arizona.edu
Content Owner:  Michael J. Schumacher, MB, FRACP, The University of Arizona
Updated 12/1/2012