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Last updated 11/19/2008 by David Giblin.
Grindelia squarrosa (Pursh) Dunal[FNA20, HC, HC2]

Publication: Mém. Mus. Hist. Nat. 5: 50. 1819.

Origin: Introduced

selected vouchers: WTU

Notes: FNA20: "Grindelia squarrosa is probably native to the Great Plains and, perhaps, Rocky Mountain areas; it is widely introduced in other areas. Some plants are intermediate between it and G. hirsutula (i.e., between G. squarrosa and G. perennis, which has been treated as a variety of G. squarrosa). Plants of G. squarrosa with relatively narrow leaf blades (lengths mostly 5–8 times widths), mostly from the western part of the range of the species, have been treated as G. squarrosa var. serrulata. G. L. Nesom (1990i) and others have treated discoid plants included here in G. squarrosa as distinct (as G. aphanactis, G. nuda, and/or G. nuda vars. aphanactis and nuda); Nesom reported cypselae to be dimorphic in heads of radiate plants and monomorphic in discoid plants and noted that populations with discoid plants occur mostly south and west of populations with radiate plants. According to Nesom, plants of G. nuda with stems usually reddish (versus sometimes greenish), lengths of blades of mid-cauline leaves 4–10 (versus 1.5–4) times widths, and cypselae ± deeply furrowed (versus striate to shallowly furrowed) should be called G. nuda var. aphanactis."

References: (none)

Synonyms & Misapplied Names:
Grindelia squarrosa (Pursh) Dunal var. serrulata (Rydb.) Steyerm.[HC]
Grindelia squarrosa (Pursh) Dunal var. squarrosa[HC]