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Uropappus lindleyi (DC.) Nutt.
Lindley's microseris (Lindley's silverpuffs)
Asteraceae (Aster family)

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Species Information

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Annual herb from a taproot; stems erect, simple, leafy below, branched at or near the base, glabrous, exuding milky juice when broken, 10-70 cm tall.
Basal leaves linear, long-pointed at the tip, 15-30 cm long, entire or pinnately cut with spreading, linear, swept-back lobes, tapering below into a broad, somewhat clasping and sparsely long-hairy stalk that is often fringed with small hairs; stem leaves similar, reduced.
Heads with strap-shaped flowers, solitary, terminating the branches; involucres 15-30 mm tall; involucral bracts lanceolate, the inner ones graduated, the outer ones few, somewhat graduated; ray flowers yellow.
Achenes slender, 7-17 mm long, blackish; pappus of 5 linear scales, each terminating in a shorter, hairlike bristle arising from a distinct bifid notch in the scale tip.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Mesic grassy, rocky bluffs in the lowland zone; rare in SW BC, known only from and disjunct in the Gulf Islands; S to ID, AZ, NM and CA.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Uropappus lindleyi

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)

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Value / Class




Elevation (metres) 920 920 920
Slope Gradient (%) 23 23 23
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
280 280 280
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
0 0 0
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: IDF(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

Microseris lindleyi (DC.) A. Gray
Microseris linearifolia (Nutt.) Sch. Bip.
Uropappus linearifolius Nutt.

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