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

Lygodesmia juncea (Pursh) D. Don ex Hook.
rushlike skeleton-plant (rush skeletonplant)
Asteraceae (Aster family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Distribution of Lygodesmia juncea
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Species Information

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General:
Perennial herb from a creeping rhizome; stems erect or ascending, branched, marked with grooves, exuding milky juice when broken, 15-60 cm tall.
Leaves:
Basal leaves lacking; stem leaves alternate, linear, 0.5-4 cm long, 1-3 mm wide, upper ones reduced to minute scales.
Flowers:
Heads with strap-shaped flowers, solitary at ends of branches; involucres 9-16 mm tall; involucral bracts of two types, the inner ones narrowly oblanceolate, 4-8 (usually 5), the outer ones reduced and bractlike; ray flowers pink or rarely white.
Fruits:
Achenes spindle-shaped, several-nerved, 6-7 mm long; pappus of numerous white, hairlike bristles.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Dry sandy grasslands or shrublands in the steppe zone; infrequent in extreme SC and SE BC; E to MN and S to AR and AZ.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Climate

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.

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