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

Crocidium multicaule Hook.
gold star (common spring-gold)
Asteraceae (Aster family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Species Information

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Annual herb from a fibrous root; stems erect or ascending, several, simple, glabrous except for the white-woolly hairs in the leaf axils, 5-30 cm tall.
Basal leaves somewhat fleshy, 0.3-2.5 cm long, 0.2-1 cm wide, spoon-shaped to oblanceolate or broader, glabrous, stalked, entire to toothed; stem leaves few and reduced, scarcely more than linear bracts, 3-15 mm long, 0.2-1 mm wide, glabrous, entire to toothed.
Heads with ray and disk flowers, solitary, hemispheric, bases glabrous; involucres 3-7 mm tall; involucral bracts thin, membranous, oblong or narrowly egg-shaped, fused at the base, abruptly sharp-pointed to obtuse at the tip, glabrous except for the woolly-hairy tip; ray flowers yellow, 5-13.
Achenes densely covered with short, rounded, blunt hairs; pappus of white, deciduous bristles.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Mesic to dry open grassy bluffs and slopes in the lowland zone; infrequent in SW BC, known from the E coast of S Vancouver Island and the adjacent Gulf Islands; S to NE OR 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.

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