Antennaria parvifolia

(Small-leaf Pussytoes)

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Antennaria parvifolia, Lower Cataract Lake, Summit Co. 3773

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Antennaria parvifolia, Lower Cataract Lake, Summit Co. 3779

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Antennaria parvifolia, Lower Cataract Lake, Summit Co. 5238

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Antennaria parvifolia, Lower Cataract Lake, Summit Co. 3783

Scientific Name Antennaria parvifolia USDA PLANTS Symbol ANPA4
Common Name Small-leaf Pussytoes ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 36749
Family Asteraceae (Sunflower) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Plains to montane (4600 to 9500 ft.); dry, sunny meadows, rocky slopes.
Plant: Mat-forming perennial with stolons; woolly foliage; 1 to 6 inches tall; dioecious but pistillate plants predominate.
Leaves: Spatulate or oblanceolate basal leaves up to 1-1/3 inches long, tips mucronate; shorter, pointed linear to narrowly oblanceolate stem leaves; both with woolly hairs on both surfaces.
Inflorescence: Clusters of 2 to 7 small ray-less flowers; tiny brush-like tubular pistillate florets with fine pappus hairs; staminate flowers smaller and rounded with protruding brown stamens from each floret; membrane-like phyllaries in layers white to green or pink, red or brown surround corollas.
Bloom Period: May to July.
References: “Flora of Colorado” by Jennifer Ackerfield, SEINet and American Southwest.
BONAP Distribution Map

Colorado Status:
Native

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Banner photo: Ten Mile Range and Rhodiola integrifolia (King’s Crown) in Summit County