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Olympic mountain-aster

Habit Perennials 20–55 cm (caudices woody).
Stems

ascending to erect, pilose or glandular-pubescent.

Leaves

mid and distal blades elliptic to elliptic-oblong, 2–4 cm × 4–13 mm, sparsely scabrous to stipitate-glandular abaxially, moderately stipitate-glandular adaxially.

Peduncles

stipitate-glandular.

Heads

usually 2–4 in racemiform to corymbiform arrays, somtimes borne singly.

Involucres

turbinate-obconic, 7–9 mm.

Phyllaries

in 2–3 series (whitish), lance-linear (unequal), apices acute, abaxial faces stipitate-glandular.

Cypselae

obconic, pilose;

pappus bristles in 2 series, ± barbellate.

Rays

7–13(–21), white.

Eucephalus paucicapitatus

Phenology Flowering Jul–Aug.
Habitat Open subalpine meadows or scree slopes
Elevation 800–3300 m [2600–10800 ft]
Discussion

Eucephalus paucicapitatus is found on Vancouver Island, where it is very uncommon, and the Olympic Peninsula. It is closely related to E. gormanii.

(Discussion copyrighted by Flora of North America; reprinted with permission.)

Distribution
from FNA
WA; BC
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Parent taxa Asteraceae > tribe Astereae > Eucephalus
Sibling taxa
E. breweri, E. elegans, E. engelmannii, E. glabratus, E. glaucescens, E. gormanii, E. ledophyllus, E. tomentellus, E. vialis
Synonyms Aster engelmannii var. paucicapitatus, Aster paucicapitatus
Name authority (B. L. Robinson) Greene: Pittonia 3: 56. (1896)
Source Flora of North America vol. 20, p. 42.
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