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Eatonella nivea
white Eatonella, white false tickhead

Distribution: Occurring east of the Cascades crest in central Washington; Washington to California, east to Idaho and Nevada.

Habitat: Dry, sandy, or volcanic desert areas.

Flowers: May-July

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Threatened in Washington (WANHP)


Depressed white-woolly annual, branching from the base, often tufted.


Leaves numerous, lanceolate to spatulate, up to 1.5 cm. long, basal or on short stems.


Heads sessile or on filiform axillary peduncles up to 4 cm. long; involucre bell-shaped, 5 mm. high, the bracts in one series, reflexed in age; ray flowers scarcely exceeding the disk, yellow or purplish; disk flowers yellow; pappus of 2 awn-tipped scales.


Achenes flattened parallel to the involucral bracts, with hairs along the margins.

Accepted Name:
Eatonella nivea (D.C. Eaton) A. Gray
Publication: Proc. Amer. Acad. Arts. 19: 19. 1883.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Burielia nivea D.C. Eaton
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Eatonella nivea in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Eatonella nivea checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Eatonella nivea atlas page.

CalPhotos: Eatonella nivea photos.

USDA Plants: Eatonella nivea information.

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