Chaenactis douglasii var. alpina

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Scientific Name Chaenactis douglasii var. alpina USDA PLANTS Symbol CHDOA2
Common Name Alpine Dustymaiden, Alpine Pincushion ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 527249
Family Asteraceae (Sunflower) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Subalpine (occasionally) to alpine (primarily) (10000 to 13500); tundra, rocky areas, talus.
Plant: Erect, perennial about 4 inches tall with multiple purple stems forming a mound.
Leaves: Only basal leaves, up to 2-1/2 inches long, fernlike, deeply pinnately-dissected.
Inflorescence: Compound flower head, usually just one per stem; no ray flowers but many disk florets with white/pinkish petals and protuding stamen sheath.
Bloom Period: June to August.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, SEINet, the Jepson Herbarium, and
BONAP Distribution Map

Colorado Status:

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