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

Antennaria pulcherrima (Hook.) Greene
showy pussytoes
Asteraceae (Aster family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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SUBTAXA PRESENT IN BC
Antennaria pulcherrima ssp. pulcherrima

Species Information

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General:
Perennial herb from a short, branched woody base or rhizome; stems erect, solitary or few, branched above, densely woolly-hairy, 15-60 cm tall.
Leaves:
Basal leaves erect to ascending, narrowly spoon-shaped to oblanceolate, stalked, 5-20 cm long, 6-20 mm wide, densely woolly-hairy, obscurely to strongly 3-5 nerved; stem leaves similar, becoming unstalked, linear and reduced upwards.
Fruits:
Achenes elliptic, 1.0-1.5 mm long, glabrous; female pappus white with hairlike bristles, 7-10 mm tall; the male pappus hairs club-shaped at the tips, 4-6 mm long.
Notes:
Two varieties occur in BC. Although Bayer (1993) has recognized var. anaphaloides as a separate species, the minor differences in involucral bract color do not appear to warrant specific status.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Mesic meadows, grasslands, shrublands and forest openings in the lowland, steppe and montane zones; frequent throughout BC, except rare on the coast; N to AK, YT and NT, E to NF and S to UT and NV.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Ecology

Ecological Framework for Antennaria pulcherrima

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)

Site Information
Value / Class

Minimum

Average

Maximum

Elevation (metres) 76 1191 2250
Slope Gradient (%) 0 19 90
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
0 12 360
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
0 3 8
Modal Nutrient Regime
Class
D
Number of field plots
 species was recorded in:
255
Modal BEC Zone Class
IDF
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in: BG(10), BWBS(9), CWH(2), ESSF(44), ICH(6), IDF(92), MS(16), PP(14), SBPS(35), SBS(9), SWB(6)

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