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Tephroseris lindstroemii (Ostenf.) Á. Löve & D. Löve
northern groundsel
Asteraceae (Aster family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Distribution of Tephroseris lindstroemii
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Species Information

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Perennial herb from a short, rhizome-like woody stem-base; stems erect, solitary or few, simple or rarely few-branched above, white woolly-hairy becoming long-hairy with whitish or yellowish multicellular hairs above, 3-30 cm tall.
Basal leaves thickish, oblanceolate to egg-shaped, stalked, 2-10 cm long including short stalks, 3-35 mm wide, often irregularly toothed, woolly-hairy or these hairs deciduous and underlain with flattened multicellular hairs; stem leaves similar, gradually reduced upwards, lanceolate to oblong, sometimes toothed, woolly as in the basal leaves, unstalked.
Heads with ray and disk flowers, solitary or rarely 2-4 at the ends of branches on densely white-woolly stalks with yellowish multicellular hairs; involucres 6-12 mm tall; involucral bracts linear to lance-shaped, purplish throughout, woolly to hairless or hairy with yellowish multicellular hairs; bracteoles lacking; ray flowers orange-yellow, mostly 8-25 mm long.
Achenes oblong, nerved, stiff-hairy; pappus of white hairlike bristles.
Although T.M. Barkley previously considered S. fuscatus as synonymous with the E Asian S. tundricola (Douglas 1982), he recently (Barkley 1994) excluded the latter from the North American flora and resurrected S. fuscatus.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Dry rocky fellfields and slopes in the alpine zones; rare in extreme NW BC; N to AK, YT and NT, disjunct in MT and WY.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Tephroseris lindstroemii

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) 1450 1562 1675
Slope Gradient (%) 0 17 35
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
150 149 150
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
3 4 6
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: BAFA(1), SWB(1)


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

Senecio bivestitus Cronquist
Senecio fuscatus auct. non Hayek
Senecio lindstroemii (Ostenf.) A.E. Porsild
Senecio tundricola auct. non Tolm.
Tephroseris tundricola var. lindstroemii (Ostenf.) V. Yu.

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