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Tragopogon mirus
remarkable goatsbeard
WTU specimens
Other herbaria
WTU images

Distribution: Occurring east of the Cascades crest in south-central and eastern Washington; eastern Washington and adjacent western Idaho, also occurring in Arizona.

Habitat: Dry, open areas in the foothills.

Flowers: May-June

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Description:
General:

Biennial or occasionally annual, the stem usually branched, 3-10 dm. tall, the juice milky.

Leaves:

Leaves elongate, uniformly tapering from base to apex, entire, not recurved, mostly glabrous but with some loose, wooly hairs in the axils.

Flowers:

Heads solitary at the ends of branches, the peduncles enlarged and hollow under the heads; involucral bracts in a single series, equal, broad at the base and tapering to a point, about 13, 2.5-4 cm. long in flower, barely surpassing the ligulate corollas, elongating to 4-7 cm. in fruit; ligules brownish-purple with a yellow base; pappus of a single series of whitish, uneven-length, plumose bristles, the plume branches interwebbed.

Fruits:

Achenes 2.5-4 cm. long, the body narrowed to the stout beak.

Accepted Name:
Tragopogon mirus Ownbey
Publication: Amer. J. Bot. 37: 497. 1950.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Tragopogon mirus in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Tragopogon mirus checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Tragopogon mirus atlas page.

CalPhotos: Tragopogon mirus photos.

USDA Plants: Tragopogon mirus information.

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