Chaenactis douglasii var. alpina

(Alpine Dustymaiden)

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Chaenactis douglasii var. alpina, Hoosier Pass, Summit Co. 7667

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Chaenactis douglasii var. alpina, Herman Lake, Clear Creek Co. 6080

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Chaenactis douglasii var. alpina, Hoosier Pass, Summit Co. 7680

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Chaenactis douglasii var. alpina, Mt Antero, Chaffee Co. 6202

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Chaenactis douglasii var. alpina, Mt Antero, Chaffee Co. 6220

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Chaenactis douglasii var. alpina, Bald Mountain, Summit Co. 2059

Scientific Name Chaenactis douglasii var. alpina USDA PLANTS Symbol CHDOA2
Common Name Alpine Dustymaiden, Alpine Pincushion ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 527249
Family Asteraceae (Sunflower) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Subalpine (occasionally) to alpine (primarily) (10000 to 13500); tundra, rocky areas, talus.
Plant: Erect, perennial about 4 inches tall with multiple purple stems forming a mound.
Leaves: Only basal leaves, up to 2-1/2 inches long, fernlike, deeply pinnately-dissected.
Inflorescence: Compound flower head, usually just one per stem; no ray flowers but many disk florets with white/pinkish petals and protuding stamen sheath.
Bloom Period: June to August.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, SEINet, the Jepson Herbarium, and SW Colorado Wildflowers.
BONAP Distribution Map

Colorado Status:
Native

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