Tephroseris lindstroemii (Ostenf.) Á. Löve & D. Löve
northern groundsel
Asteraceae (Aster family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants


© Alfred Cook     (Photo ID #8360)


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Distribution of Tephroseris lindstroemii
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Species Information

Perennial herb from a short, rhizome-like woody stem-base; stems erect, solitary or few, simple or rarely few-branched above, white woolly-hairy becoming long-hairy with whitish or yellowish multicellular hairs above, 3-30 cm tall.
Basal leaves thickish, oblanceolate to egg-shaped, stalked, 2-10 cm long including short stalks, 3-35 mm wide, often irregularly toothed, woolly-hairy or these hairs deciduous and underlain with flattened multicellular hairs; stem leaves similar, gradually reduced upwards, lanceolate to oblong, sometimes toothed, woolly as in the basal leaves, unstalked.
Heads with ray and disk flowers, solitary or rarely 2-4 at the ends of branches on densely white-woolly stalks with yellowish multicellular hairs; involucres 6-12 mm tall; involucral bracts linear to lance-shaped, purplish throughout, woolly to hairless or hairy with yellowish multicellular hairs; bracteoles lacking; ray flowers orange-yellow, mostly 8-25 mm long.
Achenes oblong, nerved, stiff-hairy; pappus of white hairlike bristles.
Although T.M. Barkley previously considered S. fuscatus as synonymous with the E Asian S. tundricola (Douglas 1982), he recently (Barkley 1994) excluded the latter from the North American flora and resurrected S. fuscatus.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


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Ecological Framework for Tephroseris lindstroemii

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)
1562 1450 1675
Slope Gradient (%)
17 0 35

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

149 150 150
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
4 3 6
Modal Nutrient Regime
# of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class

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

BAFA(1), SWB(1)

Habitat and Range

Dry rocky fellfields and slopes in the alpine zones; rare in extreme NW BC; N to AK, YT and NT, disjunct in MT and WY.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Senecio bivestitus Cronquist
Senecio fuscatus auct. non Hayek
Senecio lindstroemii (Ostenf.) A.E. Porsild
Senecio tundricola auct. non Tolm.
Tephroseris tundricola var. lindstroemii (Ostenf.) V. Yu.