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Cacaliopsis nardosmia (A. Gray) A. Gray
Asteraceae (Aster family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Species Information

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Perennial herb from a woody rhizome; stems erect, usually solitary, glabrous to sparsely hairy, 0.4-1.0 m tall.
Basal leaves long, stalked, the blades 3-20 cm long, 3-25 cm wide, palmately cleft, the segments again toothed or lobed, green above, thinly hairy below; stem leaves similar, strongly reduced.
Heads discoid, several in an elongate to rounded inflorescence, the stalks of the heads moderately to densely woolly-hairy; involucres 10-17 mm tall; involucral bracts lanceolate to oblanceolate, with long-pointed tips, sparsely to densely woolly-hairy, margins broadly translucent; discoid; disk flowers numerous, yellow.
Achenes glabrous; pappus of white hairlike bristles.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Mesic to dry rocky slopes, meadows and forest margins in the montane and subalpine zones; rare in SW BC, known only from Manning Provincial Park; S to S OR.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Cacaliopsis nardosmia

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) 1565 1565 1565
Slope Gradient (%) 55 55 55
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
235 234 235
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
1 1 1
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: MS(1)


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

Cacalia nardosmia A. Gray
Cacalia nardosmia var. glabrata (Piper) B. Boivin
Cacaliopsis nardosmia subsp. glabrata
Cacaliopsis nardosmia var. glabrata Piper
Luina nardosmia (A. Gray) Cronquist
Luina nardosmia var. glabrata (Piper) Cronquist

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