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Stephanomeria paniculata
stiff-branched stephanomeria, stiff-branched wirelettuce

Distribution: Occurring east of the Cascades in Washington; Washington to California, east to Idaho.

Habitat: Dry, open places in the plains and foothills.

Flowers: July-September

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Annual

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Mostly glabrous annual or biennial, with milky juice, mostly single-stemmed from the base, 2-10 dm. tall, the stem simple below and branching above, the branches short.


Basal leaves oblanceolate, small, toothed, somewhat auriculate, often deciduous, the others linear and reduced upwards.


Heads on short peduncles in an open, paniculate inflorescence; involucre cylindric, 6-9 mm. high, the 5-8 principle bracts equal, the few others much shorter; corollas all ligulate, 5-8, pale pink; pappus of 15-20 tawny bristles, plumose to the chaffy base.


Achenes 4.3-5 mm. long, wrinkled and pitted.

Accepted Name:
Stephanomeria paniculata Nutt.
Publication: Trans. Amer. Philos. Soc., n. s. 7: 428. 1841.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Stephanomeria paniculata in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Stephanomeria paniculata checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Stephanomeria paniculata atlas page.

CalPhotos: Stephanomeria paniculata photos.

USDA Plants: Stephanomeria paniculata information.

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