Page author: David Giblin
Microseris nutans
nodding microseris, nodding scorzonella, nodding silverpuffs
WTU specimens
Other herbaria

Distribution: Occurring chiefly east of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia south to California, east to the Rocky Mountains and South Dakota.

Habitat: Open areas to open forests, somewhat moist places, low to mid-elevations.

Flowers: April-July

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Description:
General:

Glabrous perennial from 1 or several thickened fleshy roots, 1-6 dm. tall., the stem simple and curved to robust, branching and erect, with milky juice.

Leaves:

Leaves chiefly toward the base, extremely variable, elongate and very narrow, entire or with a few linear teeth, to broader and entire or toothed.

Flowers:

Heads solitary on long peduncles or few on a branching stem, nodding in bud; involucre 1-2 cm. high, the outer bracts much shorter than the inner; corollas all ligulate, yellow; pappus of 15-20 narrow scales, each bearing a long, white, plumose bristle.

Fruits:

Achenes 5-8 mm. long, slightly tapering, glabrous or with fine hairs.

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

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Microseris nutans (Hook.) Sch. Bip. ssp. nutans
Scorzonella nutans Hook.
Scorzonella nutans Hook. var. major (A. Gray) M. Peck
Additional Resources:

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

WA Flora Checklist: Microseris nutans checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Microseris nutans atlas page.

CalPhotos: Microseris nutans photos.

USDA Plants: Microseris nutans information.

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