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Microseris nutans (Hook.) Sch. Bip.
nodding microseris (nodding microceris)
Asteraceae (Aster family)

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Species Information

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Perennial herb from 1-several thickened fleshy roots; stems erect, simple or several, branching, leafy below, glabrous or scaly, exuding milky juice when broken, 10-70 cm tall.
Basal leaves variable, linear to lanceolate or spoon-shaped, entire to toothed or finely pinnately cut with slender lobes, glabrous or scaly; stem leaves similar.
Heads with strap-shaped flowers, solitary at ends of branches, nodding until mature; involucres cylindric to bell-shaped, 8-22 mm tall; involucral bracts glabrous dorsally or often scaly-hairy, the inner ones lanceolate-pointed, the outer ones unequal, shorter and graduated or nearly so, linear to egg-shaped; ray flowers yellow.
Achenes columnar or narrowly spindle-shaped, grey to brown, glabrous or hairy, 3.5-8 mm long; pappus 5-10 mm long, of 15-30 narrow scales, each bearing a long, bright white, feathery bristle.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

USDA Species Characteristics

Flower Colour:
Blooming Period:
Late Spring
Fruit/Seed characteristics:
Colour: White
Present over the Summer
Source:  The USDA

Habitat / Range

Moist to mesic grasslands, shrublands and forest openings in the steppe and montane zones; common in SC and SE BC; S to MT, UT, CO and CA.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Microseris nutans

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) 570 1012 2074
Slope Gradient (%) 0 27 76
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
13 185 340
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
1 2 5
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: AT(2), BG(3), ESSF(6), ICH(5), IDF(16), MS(1), PP(15)


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

Microseris nutans subsp. nutans (Hook.) Schultz-Bip.
Ptilocalais nutans (Hook.) Greene
Scorzonella nutans Hook.
Scorzonella nutans var. major (A. Gray) M. Peck

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