Erigeron aureus Greene
golden fleabane (alpine yellow fleabane; golden daisy)
Asteraceae (Aster family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants


© Jamie Fenneman     (Photo ID #30078)


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Distribution of Erigeron aureus
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Species Information

Perennial herb from a branching, thickened stem-base; stems erect, several, simple, finely hairy with short, appressed or loose hairs, 1.5-15 cm tall.
Basal leaves abruptly contracted to stalked, with broad, elliptic to egg-shaped or almost round blades, entire, 0.5-8 cm long, 4-13 mm wide, hairy like the stems; stem leaves few, reduced and narrow.
Heads with ray and disk flowers, solitary, the disks 7-16 mm wide; involucres 5-8 mm tall; involucral bracts loose, equal, leafy and sometimes tinged with red, sparsely to densely long woolly-hairy, the hairs sometimes with purple cross-walls; ray flowers mostly 25-70, yellow, 6-9 mm long, 1.4-2.5 mm wide; disk flowers 3.5-5.0 mm long.
Achenes hairy, 2-nerved; pappus double, inner of 10-25 bristles, outer of short bristles or narrow scales.
Tonestus (Haplopappus) lyallii, a somewhat similar alpine species, is easily distinguished from Erigeron aureus by its abundance of glands.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


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Ecological Framework for Erigeron aureus

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)

Site Information
Value / Class




Elevation (metres)
2261 622 2675
Slope Gradient (%)
33 0 97

Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]

213 9 360
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
2 0 7
Modal Nutrient Regime
# of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class

All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in

AT(30), BAFA(1), BG(3), CMA(2), ESSF(64), IMA(29), PP(1)

Habitat and Range

Mesic to dry meadows from the upper montane to alpine zones; common in S BC east of the Coast-Cascade Mountains; E to SW AB and S to N WA.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia