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Crocidium multicaule
gold-star, spring-gold

Distribution: Occurring on both sides the Cascades crest and in the Columbia River Gorge in Washington; British Columbia to California, east to Idaho.

Habitat: Dry, open areas from low to middle elevations, especially common in sagebrush.

Flowers: March-May

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Annual

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Delicate, several-stemmed annual, about 1.5 dm. tall, glabrous except for woolly tufts in the leaf axils.


Leaves slightly fleshy, the basal ones oblanceolate or broader, up to 2.5 cm. long and 1 cm. wide, often coarsely toothed; cauline leaves few, merely linear bracts.


Heads on naked peduncles, solitary; rays 5-13, usually 8, yellow, 4-10 mm. long, individually subtended by the thin involucral bracts, these 3-7 mm. long, in a single series and of equal length; disk flowers yellow, the disk about 1 cm. wide; receptacle strongly conic, naked.

Accepted Name:
Crocidium multicaule Hook.
Publication: Fl. Bor.-Amer. 1: 335, plate 118. 1834.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Crocidium multicaule in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Crocidium multicaule checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Crocidium multicaule atlas page.

CalPhotos: Crocidium multicaule photos.

USDA Plants: Crocidium multicaule information.

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