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Krascheninnikovia lanata

Distribution: Occurring east of the Cascades crest in Washington; Washington to California, east to the Great Plains.

Habitat: Sagebrush plains and foothills, often in saline or alkaline soil.

Flowers: April-July

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Spreading, small, monoecious shrub with grayish-barked woody base up to 2 dm. tall, with numerous erect annual stems up to 5 dm. long, these densely stellate-pubescent and somewhat woolly, grayish at first but becoming reddish.


Leaves numerous, linear to narrowly lanceolate, the primary up to 4 cm. long with reduced leaves clustered in their axils; branches floriferous 1/3-2/3 their length.


Pistillate flowers 2-4 in the leaf axils, naked, but with a pair of bracteoles up to 6 mm. long (including the horn-like tips) enclosing the fruit; staminate flowers uppermost on the stems, few to many in short, axillary clusters; perianth segments 4, 1.5-2 mm. long; stamens 4, exerted.


Seed covering early-deciduous.

Accepted Name:
Krascheninnikovia lanata (Pursh) A. Meeuse & A. Smit
Publication: Taxon. 20: 644. 1971. 1971.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Ceratoides lanata (Pursh) J.T. Howell
Diotis lanata Pursh
Eurotia lanata (Pursh) Moq. [HC]
Eurotia lanata (Pursh) Moq. var. subspinosa (Rydb.) Kearney & Peebles
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Krascheninnikovia lanata in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Krascheninnikovia lanata checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Krascheninnikovia lanata atlas page.

CalPhotos: Krascheninnikovia lanata photos.

USDA Plants: Krascheninnikovia lanata information.

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