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Antennaria flagellaris (A. Gray) A. Gray
stoloniferous pussytoes (whip pussytoes)
Asteraceae (Aster family)

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Species Information

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Short-lived perennial herb from a fibrous root, freely producing slender stolons up to 10 cm long, these naked except for the tips; stems erect to ascending, several, simple, silky woolly-hairy, 0.5-3.5 cm tall.
Basal leaves linear to linear-oblanceolate, unstalked, 1-3 cm long, 0.5-2 mm wide, silky woolly-hairy; stem leaves similar, slightly reduced upwards.
Heads solitary, terminal; involucres of 2 types, the female ones 7-13 mm tall, involucral bracts lanceolate, tinged brown or reddish-brown, thinly woolly-hairy below, the male ones 4-7 mm tall, involucral bracts translucent, brownish at the tips; female flowers 5-7 mm tall, the male ones 3-4.5 mm tall.
Achenes elliptic, 2-3 mm long, warty; pappus white with hairlike bristles, 6-8 mm tall, slender to the tips.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Dry grassy slopes in the lower montane zone; rare in SC BC, known only from the Princeton area; S to ID, WY 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

Antennaria dimorpha var. flagellaris A. Gray

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