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Microseris laciniata
cut-leaved microseris

Distribution: Occurring west of the Cascades crest in Washington; Washington to California.

Habitat: Moist meadows and drier slopes from the lowlands to middle elevations in the mountains.

Flowers: May-July

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Usually glabrous perennial with milky juice and a thickened root, the stem 1-8 dm. tall.


Leaves mostly near the base, entire to deeply laciniate-pinnatifid.


Heads solitary or terminating the elongate, naked branches; involucre 12-25 mm. high, the bracts variable, from narrow and tapered to broad and acuminate, imbricate; corollas all ligulate, yellow; pappus of about 10 barbellate awns, these chaffy-flattened for about 1-2 mm. at the base.


Achenes 5-6 mm. long, narrowed upward, but not beaked.

Accepted Name:
Microseris laciniata (Hook.) Sch. Bip.
Publication: Jahresber. Pollichia. 22–24: 309. 1866.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
ssp. laciniata – cutleaf microseris, cut leaved scorzonella    Occurring west of the Cascades crest in Washington; Washington to California.
ssp. leptosepala – cut-leaved silverpuffs, cutleaf silverpuffs    Occurring west of the Cascades crest in Washington; Puget Sound lowlands to the Willamette Valley.
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Microseris laciniata in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Microseris laciniata checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Microseris laciniata atlas page.

CalPhotos: Microseris laciniata photos.

USDA Plants: Microseris laciniata information.

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