Stephanomeria pauciflora

(Few-flower Wirelettuce)

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Stephanomeria pauciflora, Four Mile Area, Chaffee Co. 6304

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Stephanomeria pauciflora, Four Mile Area, Chaffee Co. 6310

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Stephanomeria pauciflora, Four Mile Area, Chaffee Co. 6363

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Leaves, Stephanomeria pauciflora, Four Mile Area, Chaffee Co. 6306

Scientific Name Stephanomeria pauciflora USDA PLANTS Symbol STPA4
Common Name Few-flower Wirelettuce, Brownplume Wirelettuce ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 38451
Family Asteraceae (Sunflower) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Plains and foothills (3500 to 8500 ft.); dry, open areas, gravelly washes and slopes, sandy short-grass plains.
Plant: Sub-shrub, up to 2 feet tall; much-branched and tangled, grayish, smooth and almost leafless stems.
Leaves: Deeply-lobed linear-lanceolate, runcinate leaves; basal leaves 1-1/4 to 2-3/4 inches long and wither before blooming; fewer and much smaller stem leaves.
Inflorescence: Few pink composite flowers about 3/4-inch across with 5 to 7 rays, toothed tips and as many purple stamens.
Bloom Period: May to September.
Reference: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, SE Arizona Wildflowers and Plants and SEINet.
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Colorado Status:
Native

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