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

Lasthenia maritima (A. Gray) Ornduff
hairy goldfields (maritime goldfields; seaside goldfields)
Asteraceae (Aster family)

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Species Information

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Annual herb from a fibrous root; stems prostrate or decumbent, branched, glabrous with age, 10-50 cm tall.
Basal leaves lacking; stem leaves opposite, narrow to widely strap-shaped, blunt, somewhat fleshy, entire or lobed, glabrous, 1.5-6 cm long, 2-11 mm wide.
Heads with ray and disk flowers, terminal on branches; involucres 4-7 mm tall; involucral bracts egg-shaped, blunt; ray flowers yellow, 7-12, 1-3 mm long; disk flowers numerous, yellow; receptacles conic.
Achenes linear to narrowly club-shaped, glabrous or stiff-hairy; pappus of 2-4 firm bristles and 2-6 fringed scales, or lacking.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Mesic, often nitrified from guano, rocky coastal cliffs and islands in the lowland zone; rare in SW BC; 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

Baeria maritima A. Gray
Baeria minor subsp. maritima (A. Gray) Ferris
Lasthenia minor subsp. maritima (A. Gray) Ornduff
Lasthenia minor var. maritima (A. Gray) Cronquist

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