Gamochaeta ustulata
purple cudweed, spoon-leaf cudweed
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Distribution: Occurring west of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia to California.

Habitat: Balds, prairies, fields, and other disturbed open areas at low elevation.

Flowers: May-October

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Description:
General:

Thinly woolly annual or biennial, the simple or branched stem 1-4 dm. high.

Leaves:

Lowest leaves oblanceolate, up to 10 cm. long and 2 cm. wide; other leaves similar, gradually reduced upward.

Flowers:

Heads numerous in a leafy-bracted, spike-like inflorescence; involucre 3-5 mm. high, woolly toward the base, the bracts imbricate, acute, light brown, often tinged with pink or purple; flowers all tubular, whitish, the numerous outer flowers slender and pistillate, the few inner flowers coarser and perfect; pappus of capillary bristles, united at the base, deciduous as a ring.

Fruits:

Achenes small, nerveless.