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Erigeron pumilus
shaggy fleabane
WTU specimens
Other herbaria
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Distribution: Occurring east of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia to California, east to the Great Plains.

Habitat: Open places in the foothills, valleys and plains, often among sagebrush.

Flowers: May-July

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Description:
General:

Perennial from a woody base and taproot, the stem 5-50 cm. tall, the herbage copiously spreading-hairy.

Leaves:

Leaves basal and cauline, oblanceolate to linear-oblanceolate, up to 8 cm. long and 8 mm. wide.

Flowers:

Heads several, the disk 7-15 mm. wide; involucre 4-7 mm. high, the bracts narrow, spreading-hairy; rays 50-100, 0.7-1.5 mm. wide, usually white, occasionally pale blue or pink; disk corollas 3.5-5 mm. long, slender, yellow but paler below; pappus of capillary bristles, with an outer row of shorter bristles.

Fruits:

Achenes slightly hairy.

Accepted Name:
Erigeron pumilus Nutt.
Publication: Gen. N. Amer. Pl. 2: 147. 1818.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Infraspecies:
var. intermedius – shaggy fleabane    Occurring east of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia to California, east to the Great Plains.
var. pumilus – shaggy fleabane   Occurring east of the Cascades crest in Washington, where disjunct from the main range of the variety. Alberta to Colorado, east to the Great Plains, disjunct in central Washington.
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Erigeron pumilus in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Erigeron pumilus checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Erigeron pumilus atlas page.

CalPhotos: Erigeron pumilus photos.

USDA Plants: Erigeron pumilus information.

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