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Hulsea nana
dwarf alpinegold, dwarf hulsea

Distribution: Known from the Mt. Rainier and Mt. Adams area in Washington; Washington south to California.

Habitat: Generally around volcanic mountains above timberline.

Flowers: July-September

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Review Group 1 in Washington (WANHP)


Perennial from a taproot and branching base, up to 1.2 dm. tall, the several leafless flowering stems lax.


Leaves clustered toward the bottom of the flowering stems, succulent, densely glandular, oblanceolate, coarsely toothed or lobed, up to about 6 cm. long.


Heads solitary, the disk 1.5-3 cm. wide; involucre 10-15 mm. high, finely glandular, the bracts lance-oblong, up to 4 mm. wide; rays about 21, 7-15 mm. long, yellow and pistillate; disk flowers yellow and perfect; pappus of several translucent scales, attached in a ring at the base, lacerate, about 2 mm. long.


Achenes linear, hairy, about 1 cm. long.

Accepted Name:
Hulsea nana A. Gray
Publication: Pacif. Railr. Rep. 6(3): 76, plate 13. 1858. 1858.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Hulsea nana A. Gray var. larsenii A. Gray
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Hulsea nana in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Hulsea nana checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Hulsea nana atlas page.

CalPhotos: Hulsea nana photos.

USDA Plants: Hulsea nana information.

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