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

Psilocarphus elatior (A. Gray) A. Gray
tall woolly-heads (meadow woollyheads)
Asteraceae (Aster family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Species Information

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Annual herb from a short taproot; stems erect, moderately branched above, decumbent below, 5-15 cm tall.
Basal leaves lacking; stem leaves oppposite, linear to oblong, moderately silky woolly-hairy, 0.5-3.5 cm long, 2-6 mm wide.
Heads disciform, usually solitary in leaf axils or at tips of branches; involucres lacking; receptacular bracts hooded and balloonlike, 2.5-3.8 mm long at maturity; female flowers mostly 20-80, rarely as few as 8 in dwarfed forms.
Achenes nerveless, more or less cylindric, glabrous, tipped with a small style, 1.0-1.7 mm long; pappus lacking.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Moist vernal meadows and muddy pathsides in the lowland zone; rare on S Vancouver Island; E to AB and SK and S to ID and N 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

Psilocarphus oreganus var. elatoir

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