General: Biennial herb from a taproot; stems erect, solitary, simple or more commonly branching from the base, glabrous, exuding milky juice when broken, 0.4-1 m tall.
Leaves: Basal leaves lacking; stem leaves entire, grasslike, tapering uniformly from base to the apex, parallel-veined with clasping bases, 5-30 cm long, 0.5-2 cm wide.
Flowers: Heads with strap-shaped flowers, solitary, on enlarged, hollow stalks terminating the stems or few branches; involucres 2.5-4 cm tall; involucral bracts lanceolate, swollen at the base, equal, 5-11 or more commonly about 8, barely to strongly surpassing the ray flowers; ray flowers purple; disk flowers lacking.
Fruits: Achenes elongate, 5- to 10-ribbed, 2.5-7 cm long, tapering to the slender beak; pappus of brownish, slender-tipped, feathery bristles, the feathery branches interwebbed.
Recommended citation: Author, Date. Page title. In Klinkenberg, Brian. (Editor) 2020. E-Flora BC:
Electronic Atlas of the Plants of British Columbia [eflora.bc.ca]. Lab for
Advanced Spatial Analysis, Department of Geography, University of British
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