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Antennaria luzuloides Torr. & A. Gray
silvery-brown pussytoes (rush pussytoes; small-flowered fiddleneck; woodrush pussytoes)
Asteraceae (Aster family)

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Antennaria luzuloides ssp. luzuloides

Species Information

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Perennial herb from a branched woody base; stems erect, few, branched above, densely woolly-hairy, 15-70 cm tall.
Basal leaves linear-oblanceolate, gradually stalked, 3-10 cm long, 2-8 mm wide, erect, densely woolly-hairy, often several-nerved; stem leaves similar, becoming unstalked, linear and reduced upwards.
Heads discoid, several to numerous in a compact inflorescence; involucres of 2 types, the female ones 4-5 mm tall, involucral bracts oblanceolate to egg-shaped, the papery portion pale greenish-brown below, the upper portion whitish, glabrous to the base, the male bracts similar to the female; female flowers 2.5-4 mm tall, the male flowers 2-3.5 mm tall.
Achenes elliptic, 1-2 mm long, warty; pappus white with hairlike bristles, 2.5-4 mm tall; male pappus hairs strongly club-shaped and toothed at the the tips.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

USDA Species Characteristics

Flower Colour:
Blooming Period:
Late Spring
Fruit/Seed characteristics:
Colour: White
Present from Spring to Summer
Source:  The USDA

Habitat / Range

Dry gravelly slopes, shrublands and forest openings in the steppe and lower montane zones; infrequent in S BC east of the Coast-Cascade Mountains; E to AB and S to MO, WY, CO, UT and CA.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Antennaria luzuloides

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) 657 1361 2854
Slope Gradient (%) 10 37 70
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
7 218 283
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
1 1 3
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: ESSF(3), ICH(6), IDF(4), IMA(1), MS(4)


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.

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