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Olympic mountain-aster

wayside aster

elegant aster

Habit Perennials 20–55 cm (caudices woody). Perennials, 60–120 cm (caudices stout). Perennials 30–70 cm (caudices woody; herbage scabrous).
Stems

ascending to erect, pilose or glandular-pubescent.

erect, pilose to glandular-pubescent.

erect, moderately scabrous and/or glandular.

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.

middle and distal cauline blades lanceolate-elliptic, 5–9 cm × 15–30 mm, abaxial faces usually glabrous, sometimes sparsely pubescent, adaxial faces glandular-pubescent.

mid and cauline blades linear-oblong or linear-lanceolate, 2–6 cm × 3–10 mm, faces moderately scabrous and ± short-stipitate-glandular.

Peduncles

stipitate-glandular.

stipitate-glandular.

glandular-puberulent.

Heads

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

5–50(–120) in racemiform to paniculiform arrays.

3–8(–15) in racemiform to corymbiform arrays.

Involucres

turbinate-obconic, 7–9 mm.

turbinate, 8–10 mm.

turbinate-cylindric, 6–9 mm.

Ray florets

0.

Phyllaries

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

in 3–6 series (sometimes reddish at margins and apices), linear to linear-oblong (strongly unequal), apices acute to acuminate, abaxial faces stipitate-glandular.

in 3–5 series (often purplish at margins), ovate, margins eciliate, apices acute, abaxial faces moderately to densely puberulent and glandular.

Cypselae

obconic, pilose;

pappus bristles in 2 series, ± barbellate.

pilose;

pappus bristles in 2 series, smooth or ± barbellate.

strigose;

pappus bristles in 2 series, barbellate.

Rays

7–13(–21), white.

usually 5 or 8, purple.

2n

= 18.

Eucephalus paucicapitatus

Eucephalus vialis

Eucephalus elegans

Phenology Flowering Jul–Aug. Flowering Jul. Flowering Jul–Aug.
Habitat Open subalpine meadows or scree slopes Dry open oak or coniferous woods Open meadows, aspen forests, rocky open slopes
Elevation 800–3300 m [2600–10800 ft] 200–500 m [700–1600 ft] 1100–3200 m [3600–10500 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.)

Of conservation concern.

Eucephalus vialis is only known from Lane and Douglas counties. It is considered threatened. It is in the Center for Plant Conservation’s National Collection of Endangered Plants.

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

Distribution
from FNA
WA; BC
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OR
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from FNA
CO; ID; MT; NV; OR; UT
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Parent taxa Asteraceae > tribe Astereae > Eucephalus Asteraceae > tribe Astereae > Eucephalus Asteraceae > tribe Astereae > Eucephalus
Sibling taxa
E. breweri, E. elegans, E. engelmannii, E. glabratus, E. glaucescens, E. gormanii, E. ledophyllus, E. tomentellus, E. vialis
E. breweri, E. elegans, E. engelmannii, E. glabratus, E. glaucescens, E. gormanii, E. ledophyllus, E. paucicapitatus, E. tomentellus
E. breweri, E. engelmannii, E. glabratus, E. glaucescens, E. gormanii, E. ledophyllus, E. paucicapitatus, E. tomentellus, E. vialis
Synonyms Aster engelmannii var. paucicapitatus, Aster paucicapitatus Aster vialis Aster perelegans, E. perelegans
Name authority (B. L. Robinson) Greene: Pittonia 3: 56. (1896) Bradshaw: Torreya 20: 122. (1921) Nuttall: Trans. Amer. Philos. Soc., n. s. 7: 298. (1840)
Source Flora of North America vol. 20, p. 42. Flora of North America vol. 20, p. 42. Flora of North America vol. 20, p. 40.
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