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

Gnaphalium palustre Nutt.
lowland cudweed (western marsh cudweed)
Asteraceae (Aster family)

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Species Information

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Annual herb from a fibrous root; stems much branched, with irregular tufts of woolly hairs, 3-15 (30) cm tall.
Basal leaves soon deciduous; stem leaves alternate, oblanceolate or oblong, entire, woolly-hairy, 1-3.5 cm long and 2-10 mm wide.
Heads disciform, numerous, axillary or terminal, leafy-bracted; involucres 2-4 mm tall; involucral bracts white to brownish with white tips.
Achenes nerveless, glabrous or with nipple-like projections; pappus bristles distinct, falling separately.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Moist vernal meadows and alkaline flats in the lowland, steppe and montane zones; frequent in S BC, rare in WC BC (Bulkley River valley); E to AB and S to NM and CA.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Gnaphalium palustre

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) 1050 1050 1050
Slope Gradient (%) 59 59 59
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
175 175 175
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
3 3 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: IDF(1)


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

Filaginella palustris (Nutt.) Holub

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