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

Pseudognaphalium stramineum (Kunth) Anderb.
cotton-batting cudweed
Asteraceae (Aster family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Species Information

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Annual or biennial herb from a strong taproot; stems simple or branched, loosely white-woolly, 20-90 cm tall.
Basal and lower stem leaves oblong or lanceolate, clasping with ear-like lobes at the base, grey woolly-hairy, entire, 1.5-9.5 cm long, 1-10 mm wide; middle and upper stem leaves similar, alternate, becoming lanceolate, less clasping and reduced.
Heads disciform, terminal, grouped into one or more dense clusters; involucres 4-6 mm tall; involucral bracts egg-shaped, straw-coloured or yellow, dry, papery, shiny, 1-3 mm long.
Achenes nerveless, glabrous; pappus bristles distinct, falling separately.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Moist meadows or disturbed sites in the lowland, steppe and montane zones; infrequent in SW and SC BC; S to MT, TX and 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.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Gnaphalium chilense Spreng.
Gnaphalium chilense var. confertifolium Greene
Gnaphalium stramineum Kunth
Gnaphalium stramineum Kunth

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