Heterotheca villosa

(Hairy False Goldenaster)

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Heterotheca villosa, Overland Trail Recreation Area, Sterling, Logan Co. 7144

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Heterotheca villosa, Overland Trail Recreation Area, Sterling, Logan Co. 7147

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Heterotheca villosa, Lake Dillon, Summit Co. 5636

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Heterotheca villosa, Mosca Pass Trail, Great Sand Dunes National Park 8681

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Heterotheca villosa, Lower McCullough Gulch, Summit Co. 7485

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Heterotheca villosa, Overland Trail Recreation Area, Sterling, Logan Co. 7139

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Heterotheca villosa, Overland Trail Recreation Area, Sterling, Logan Co. 7142

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Heterotheca villosa, Overland Trail Recreation Area, Sterling, Logan Co. 7150

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Heterotheca villosa, Colorado National Monument, Mesa Co. 4284

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Heterotheca villosa, Colorado National Monument, Mesa Co. 4289

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Heterotheca villosa, Colorado National Monument, Mesa Co. 4263

Scientific Name Heterotheca villosa USDA PLANTS Symbol HEVI4
Common Name Hairy False Goldenaster ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 37689
Family Asteraceae (Sunflower) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Plains to montane (3500 to 10500 ft.); dry, open areas, disturbed areas, trailsides; found throughout most of Colorado.
Plant: Perennial 6 to 16 inches tall, many woolly stems sometimes brown or reddish brown, or whitish.
Leaves: Sparse lower stem leaves petiolate, blades 3/8 to 1-1/2 inches long, grayish-green appearance; upper stem leaves not crowded along stems, smaller and sessile; both with oblanceolate blades with rounded or pointed tips, upper leaves with wedge-shapes bases.
Inflorescence: Single or up to 16 flower heads in corymbs each 3/4 to 1-1/2 inches across, with 10 to 20 rays and 20 to 50 yellow to orange disk florets in the center.
Note: Highly variable species in stem length, leaf hairiness, etc.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield and SEINet.
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Colorado Status:
Native

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