Antennaria media

(Rocky Mountain Pussytoes)


Antennaria media, Mayflower Gulch, Summit Co. 7576


Antennaria media, Lake Emma, Park Co. 4519


Antennaria media, Mayflower Gulch, Summit Co. 7581


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.
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