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Askellia pygmaea
low hawksbeard

Distribution: Occurring in the Olympic and Cascades mountains in Washington; Alaska to California, east to Nunavut and Colorado, also in northeastern Canada; Asia.

Habitat: Talus, scree, moraines, sandy or gravelly slopes, subalpine to alpine.

Flowers: July-September

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Tap-rooted, glabrous and glaucus perennial, about 1 dm. tall, the juice milky; stems several, erect or ascending, branched or simple.


Basal leaves numerous, spatulate to orbicular, up to 8.5 cm. long including the petiole, and 2.5 cm. wide.


Heads several, narrow, erect, 9-12 flowered; involucre cylindric, 8-13 mm. high, its outer bracts less than half as long as the 9-11 inner ones; corollas all ligulate, yellow, 7-9 mm. long and 1.25-1.5 mm. wide.


Achenes 4-7 mm. long, golden brown, with 10-13 ribs.

Accepted Name:
Askellia pygmaea (Ledeb.) Sennikov
Publication: Komarovia 5(2): 86. 2008.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Crepis nana Richardson [FNA19, HC]
Crepis nana Richardson ssp. nana [HC]
Crepis nana Richardson ssp. ramosa Babc. [HC]
Crepis nana Richardson var. lyratifolia (Turcz.) Hultén
Crepis nana Richardson var. ramosa (Babc.) Cronquist
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Askellia pygmaea in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Askellia pygmaea checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Askellia pygmaea atlas page.

CalPhotos: Askellia pygmaea photos.

USDA Plants: Askellia pygmaea information.

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