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Eriophyllum lanatum var. leucophyllum (Pursh) Forbes (DC.) W.R. Carter
woolly eriophyllum (common woolly sunflower)
Asteraceae (Aster family)

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Species Information

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Perennial herb from a fibrous root; stems woolly, few- to much- branched from the base, 10-60 cm tall.
Basal leaves few, soon deciduous; stem leaves alternate to opposite, entire to narrowly lobed, 1-8 cm long.
Heads with ray and disk flowers, solitary on long stems; ray flowers 8-13, yellow, 1-2 cm long; involucres 9-12 mm tall; involucral bracts firm, erect, embracing the ray achenes.
Achenes slender, 4-angled, glabrous to hairy; pappus of 6-12 translucent scales, or a toothed crown.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Dry meadows and rocky slopes from the lowland to the montane zones; common on Vancouver Island and the adjacent mainland, rare in SC and SE BC; S to MT, WY, UT 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

Eriophyllum lanatum var. lanatum (Pursh) Forbes
Eriophyllum lanatum var. typicum Constance

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