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

Ericameria bloomeri (A. Gray) J.F. Macbr.
rabbitbrush goldenweed (rabbitbush)
Asteraceae (Aster family)

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Species Information

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Low shrub; stems branching, twigs brittle, 20-60 (or rarely 90) cm tall.
Alternate, numerous, linear to narrowly oblanceolate, glandular-sticky to nearly glabrous or sometimes woolly-hairy, 2-6 cm long and 0.5-4 mm wide.
Heads with ray and disk flowers, in small terminal clusters, in well-developed plants forming an elongate cluster; involucres 7-11 mm tall; involucral bracts graduate, in 3-6 series, narrow, somewhat leafy; ray flowers yellow, 1-5 or wanting from some heads, 6-12 mm long; disk flowers yellow, 4-12, 7-12 mm long.
Achenes glabrous; pappus of whitish, hairlike bristles.
This species was recently ranked by the BC Conservation Data Centre as SX (extirpated) since it has not been collected in over 50 years (Douglas 1998). Collections by Hardy from Keremeos (cited by Scoggan [1979]) and Parris from Spences Bridge (cited by Douglas [1995]) have been reidentified as Ericameria nauseosus.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Dry open slopes in the montane zone; rare in SC BC, known only from Westbridge; S to 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

Haplopappus bloomeri A. Gray
Haplopappus bloomeri subsp. sonnei (A. Gray) H.M. Hall
Haplopappus bloomeri var. angustatus A. Gray
Haplopappus bloomeri var. sonnei (A. Gray) Greene

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