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

Eurybia merita (A. Nelson) G.L. Nesom
arctic aster
Asteraceae (Aster family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Species Information

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Perennial herb from a slender rhizome; stems several to many, ascending to decumbent, sparsely to copiously short-hairy, simple to branched above, 3-50 cm tall.
Basal leaves soon deciduous; stem leaves usually reduced below, the middle ones unstalked, oblanceolate, 1.5-10 cm long, 4-35 mm wide, sparsely to copiously short-hairy on the lower surfaces, with few to many small teeth or entire.
Heads with ray and disk flowers, solitary to many in a compact inflorescence; involucres 6-16 mm tall; involucral bracts more or less graduated in several series, oblong or lance-oblong to linear, abruptly sharp-pointed to with long-pointed tips, fine-hairy on the back or rarely glabrous, thin, dry and papery below, evidently or obscurely green-tipped and more or less purple-margined or suffused white-purple; ray flowers 10-25, purple, 8-15 mm long; disk flowers yellow, 5.5-7.6 mm long, the tube equal or barely exceeding the slender limb.
Achenes strongly about 8-ribbed, sparsely stiff-hairy; pappus deep brownish, rarely yellowish or white.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Mesic to dry gravelly slopes from the upper montane to alpine zones; common in BC in and E of the Coast-Cascade Mountains, rare on C Vancouver Island, absent along the coast and in WC BC; N to AK, YT and NT, E to SE AB and S to WY, ID, NW OR and NW WA.

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

Aster behringensis Gandog.
Aster meritus A. Nelson
Aster richardsonii Spreng.
Aster sibiricus subsp. meritus
Aster sibiricus subsp. richardsonii (Spreng.) A. L÷ve & D. L÷ve
Aster sibiricus var. giganteus (Hook.) A. Gray
Aster sibiricus var. meritus (A. Nelson) Raup
Eurybia sibirica var. gigantea (Hook.) G.L. Nesom

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