Chaenactis douglasii var. alpina

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Scientific Name Chaenactis douglasii var. alpina USDA PLANTS Symbol
Common Name Alpine Dustymaiden, Alpine Pincushion ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
Family Asteraceae (Sunflower) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Alpine. 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.
References: Decription adapted from SEINet, the Jepson Herbarium, and
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