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Arctanthemum arcticum (L.) Tzvelev.
arctic daisy
Asteraceae (Aster family)

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Arctanthemum arcticum ssp. arcticum

Species Information

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Perennial herb from a creeping rhizome or woody stem-base; stems erect, ascending or decumbent, solitary to several, simple, glabrous or sparsely woolly-hairy above, 6-40 cm tall.
Basal leaves palmately lobed or pinnately cut, wedge-shaped to rounded, 1.5-16 cm long, 0.4-4.5 cm wide, glaucous or green, glabrous or woolly-hairy when young, persistent at flowering time; stem leaves alternate, reduced upwards, only the uppermost entire.
Heads with ray and disk flowers, solitary with woolly-hairy bases; involucres 7-13 mm tall; involucral bracts oblong to lance-oblong, the centers greenish, the broad brown margins papery, glabrous or woolly-hairy; ray flowers white, 10-25 mm long; disk flowers yellow.
Achenes nearly cylindric, usually 10-ribbed; pappus lacking.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Wet to moist salt marshes and gravelly shores in the lowland zone; rare on the NW coast, known only from Larcom Island in Observatory Inlet; amphiberingian, N to AK, YT and NT and E to PQ; E Asia.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


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.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Chrysanthemum arcticum L.
Dendranthema arctica (Linnaeus) Tzvelev
Leucanthemum arcticum (L.) DC.

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