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Heterotheca villosa var. minor (Pursh) Shinners (Hook.) Semple
Asteraceae (Aster family)

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Distribution of Heterotheca villosa var. minor
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Species Information

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Perennial herb from a woody base and a taproot; stems ascending, several, branched, 10-50 cm tall, hairy or glandular, or both.
Basal leaves lacking; lowermost stem leaves soon deciduous, middle and upper stem leaves oblong to spoon-shaped, appressed- or spreading-hairy, sometimes glandular, entire, 1-5 cm long, 0.2-1 cm wide.
Achenes oblong egg-shaped, long soft-hairy; pappus double, the inner of hairlike bristles, the outer of evident scales.
Two varieties occur in BC:

1. Leaves and involucres with spreading hairs, sometimes these partly replaced by glands.................. var. hispida (Hook.) Harms

1. Leaves with appressed or nearly appressed hairs, seldom at all glandular; hairs of the involucres appressed to spreading..................... var. villosa

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Dry grasslands, shrublands and open forests in the steppe and lower montane zones; common in S BC east of the Coast-Cascade Mountains; E to MB, and S to ND, NE, OK, TX, and CA.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Heterotheca villosa var. minor

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




Elevation (metres) 410 410 410
Slope Gradient (%) 30 30 30
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
270 270 270
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
2 2 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: PP(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

Chrysopsis arida A. Nelson
Chrysopsis bakeri Greene
Chrysopsis columbiana Greene
Chrysopsis hispida (Hook.) DC.
Chrysopsis villosa var. hispida (Hook.) A. Gray
Chrysopsis wisconsinensis Shinners
Heterotheca villosa var. hispida (Hook.) V.L. Harms
Heterotheca villosa var. hispida (Pursh) Shinners
Heterotheca wisconsinensis (Shinners) Shinners

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