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Microseris bigelovii (A. Gray) Sch. Bip.
coast microseris (coastal silverpuffs)
Asteraceae (Aster family)

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This species flowers in late June/early July in British Columbia.

Species Information

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Annual herb from a taproot: stems erect to ascending or decumbent, simple, solitary to several, leafless, exuding milky juice when broken, 4-35 cm tall.
Basal leaves linear to oblanceolate or spoon-shaped, entire or coarsely pinnately cut with slender or broad tapering lobes or teeth, glabrous, 3-25 cm long; stem leaves lacking.
Heads with strap-shaped flowers, solitary at end of stems, nodding until mature; involucres 6-15 mm tall; involucral bracts broadly lanceolate, the inner ones keeled, often reddish on the outer surface, long black-hairy within, the outer ones short and bractlike; ray flowers yellow or yellow-orange.
Achenes tapered abruptly at the base, brown or bronze, sometimes darkly spotted, 2.5-6 mm long; pappus of 5 glabrous or short-hairy, lanceolate scales, each terminating in a long, hairlike bristle arising from the pointed scale.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Moist, open, grassy coastal bluffs in the lowland zone; rare in SW BC, known only from S Vancouver Island and Hornby Island; S to CA.

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.

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