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Last updated 11/13/2008 by David Giblin.
Erigeron compositus Pursh[FNA20, HC, HC2]
dwarf mountain fleabane

Publication: Fl. Amer. Sept. 2: 535. 1813.

Origin: Native

selected vouchers: WTU

Notes: FNA20: "Correlations among ploidal level, breeding systems, and morphologic variation have been studied in detail in Erigeron compositus. Five informally designated population systems of diploids are geographically restricted (all of the northwestern United States and adjacent Canada) and primarily sexual, compared to the polyploids, which are agamospermous and apparently of hybrid origin, at least in some cases (R. D. Noyes et al. 1995; Noyes and D. E. Soltis 1996). Reduction in ray floret laminae usually is correlated with polyploidy. Plants with 1-ternately lobed leaves have been identified as var. glabratus, an element of variation that does not have a geographic pattern.

Among closely related species, Erigeron compositus is the only one that produces strongly thickened caudex branches; occasional collections show a tendency toward the slender, loose branches characteristic of the other species."

References:

» Noyes, R. D. and D. E. Soltis. 1996. Genotypic variation in agamospermous Erigeron compositus (Asteraceae). Amer. J. Bot. 83: 1292–1303.
» Noyes, R. D., D. E. Soltis, and P. S. Soltis. 1995. Genetic and cytological investigations in sexual Erigeron compositus (Astereaceae). Syst. Bot. 20: 132–146.
Synonyms & Misapplied Names:
Erigeron compositus Pursh var. compositus[HC]
Erigeron compositus Pursh var. discoideus A. Gray[HC]
Erigeron compositus Pursh var. glabratus Macoun[HC]
Erigeron trifidus Hook., misapplied[HC2]