Antennaria media

(Rocky Mountain Pussytoes)

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Antennaria media, Mayflower Gulch, Summit Co. 7576

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Antennaria media, Lake Emma, Park Co. 4519

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Antennaria media, Mayflower Gulch, Summit Co. 7581

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Antennaria media, Mayflower Gulch, Summit Co. 7577

Scientific Name Antennaria media USDA PLANTS Symbol ANME2
Common Name Rocky Mountain Pussytoes ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 185151
Family Asteraceae (Sunflower) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Subalpine and alpine (10000 to 14000 ft.); meadows, scree, tundra.
Plant: Mat-forming perennial 2 to 5 inches tall, short stolons less than 2 inches long; hairy foliage; dioecious but pistillate plants predominate.
Leaves: Oblanceolate to spatulate basal leaves 1/4 to 1 inch long, tips mucronate; shorter, pointed linear stem leaves; both with tiny hairs on upper surfaces.
Inflorescence: Clusters of 2 to 5 (or more) small ray-less flowers in corymbiform arrays; brown to greenish-black phyllaries surround fine pappus hairs of florets.
Bloom Period: July and August.
References: “Flora of Colorado” by Jennifer Ackerfield, SEINet and American Southwest.
BONAP Distribution Map

Colorado Status:
Native

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