Saussurea weberi

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Scientific Name Saussurea weberi USDA PLANTS Symbol
Common Name Weber's Saw-wort ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
Family Asteraceae (Sunflower) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Alpine. Gravelly alpine tundras and scree slopes.
Plant: Short, bushy, perennial; erect leafy stems, 2 to 8 inches tall; hairy foliage when young, becoming smooth.
Leaves: Basal and alternate stem leaves, lanceolate to elliptic with small teeth spaced along edges; lower leaves are about 3 inches long and petiolate; upper leaves smaller and sessile.
Inflorence: Dense clusters of 1 to 15 composite blossoms subtended by leaves at the top of the stem with dark green and purple bracts about 1/2-inch long with rounded tips; 9 to 10 purple disk florets surrounded by white pappi, no ray flowers; anthers dark purple.
References: Descr. adapted from SEINet and Montana Field Guide.
Note: Rare plant endemic to a few alpine areas of Colorado, Wyoming and Montana. Thanks to Jane Hendrix for the plant location and ID.
Colorado Status

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