E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Anemone cylindrica A. Gray
long-headed anemone (candle anemone)
Ranunculaceae (Buttercup family)

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Distribution of Anemone cylindrica
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Species Information

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Perennial herb from a woody stem-base, rarely with very short rhizomes; stems erect, (20) 30-70 cm tall.
Basal, usually 5 to 10, ascending, mostly 5-10 cm long, palmately 3- (5-) parted, the divisions narrowly triangular, 3-cleft over half their length, the segments more or less 3-toothed, short appressed-hairy; stalks 9-21 cm long.
Inflorescence a (1-) 2- to 8-flowered, terminal cyme; flower stalks long soft-hairy; involucral bracts 3 to 7 (-9), leaf-like, stalked, similar to basal leaves; petals absent; sepals usually 5, petal-like, green to whitish, oblong to elliptic or egg-shaped, 5-15 mm long, 3-6 mm wide, silky-hairy on outside, smooth inside; stamens 50-75.
Achenes, numerous in a cylindric head on stalks 10-30 cm long, the achenes egg-shaped, 2-3 mm long, 1.5-2 mm wide, not winged, woolly-hairy; beaks bent back at tip, 0.5-1 mm long, hidden by hairs, smooth.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Dry grasslands, shrublands and forests in the steppe and montane zones; infrequent in BC east of the Coast-Cascade Mountains and N to 56degreeN; N to NT, E to NB and S to NJ, SD, MO and NM.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Anemone cylindrica

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

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Value / Class




Elevation (metres) 1644 1863 2060
Slope Gradient (%) 15 30 46
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
5 20 212
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
0 1 2
Modal Nutrient Regime
Number of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in: ESSF(3)


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

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