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Hieracium triste
alpine hawkweed, slender hawkweed

Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; Alaska to California, east to the Rocky Mountains of Canada and the U.S.

Habitat: Meadows and other open places in the mountains, usually at high elevations.

Flowers: June-August

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Slender perennials 3-35 cm. tall, the stem leafless and covered with fine, stellate hairs, and with milky juice.


Leaves all basal, tufted, entire and glabrous, 1-10 cm. long and 3-15 mm. wide, with a short petiole.


Heads solitary to several in an elongate inflorescence; involucre 6-8 mm. high, this and the upper peduncle covered with grey, stellate hairs and usually with some long, blackish bristles as well.



Accepted Name:
Hieracium triste Willd. ex Spreng.
Publication: Syst. Veg. 3: 640. 1826.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Hieracium gracile Hook. [HC]
Hieracium gracile Hook. var. densifloccosum (Zahn) Cronquist
Hieracium gracile Hook. var. detonsum (A. Gray) A. Gray
Hieracium gracile Hook. var. gracile
Hieracium triste Willd. ex Spreng. var. gracile (Hook.) A. Gray
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Hieracium triste in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Hieracium triste checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Hieracium triste atlas page.

CalPhotos: Hieracium triste photos.

USDA Plants: Hieracium triste information.

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