|Scientific Name||Senecio amplectens var. amplectens||USDA PLANTS Symbol||SEAMA|
|Common Name||Showy Alpine Ragwort||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||530298|
Life zones and habitat: Montane to alpine (8500 to 14400 ft.); forest openings, rocky areas, talus slopes.
Plant: Erect perennial 16 to 24 inches tall, stout, hairless stems, single or in clusters.
Leaves: Large basal and stem leaves, lanceolate to oblanceolate, up to 8 inches long, may be purplish-tinged; basal leaves with long petioles, stem leaves without; edges may have irregular teeth.
Inflorescence: Large composite flower heads up to 3 inches across in clusters of 1 to 5 nodding heads. About 13 narrow, yellow rays, darker yellow-to-brown florets in dome-shaped disk; pointed phyllaries with a few black hairs, sometimes green but usually dark and often with dark tips.
Bloom Period: July and August.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, SEINet and American Southwest
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