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hybrid mule's ears, mule-ears

gray mule's ears, whitehead mule-ears, whitehead wyethia

Habit Plants (15–)25–40(–60) cm.
Basal leaves

blades (whitish to grayish) oblong-ovate to lance-elliptic, 18–38 cm, margins usually entire, sometimes serrulate or dentate (often undulate), faces densely tomentose to tomentulose (usually gland-dotted as well), glabrescent;

cauline leaves (3–6) similar, smaller.

Involucres

hemispheric or broader, 35–60+ mm diam.

Ray florets

13–21;

laminae 20–35(–50) mm.

Phyllaries

16–24, unequal, herbaceous, margins not ciliolate, faces tomentose;

outer (30–)40–80+ mm (foliaceous, much surpassing the discs).

Heads

usually borne singly (–2+).

Cypselae

12–15 mm, distally strigillose.

2n

= 38.

Wyethia ×cusickii

Wyethia helenioides

Phenology Flowering (Feb–)Mar–May.
Habitat Grassy slopes, openings in woodlands
Elevation 10 –1600(–2000) m (0 –5200(–6600) ft)
Distribution
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CA
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Discussion

Wyethia helenioides grows in the Sierra Nevada foothills and west of the Central Valley, avoiding the fog belt.

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

Source FNA vol. 21, p. 101.
Parent taxa Asteraceae > tribe Heliantheae > subtribe Ecliptinae > Wyethia
Sibling taxa
W. amplexicaulis, W. angustifolia, W. arizonica, W. glabra, W. helenioides, W. helianthoides, W. longicaulis, W. mollis
W. amplexicaulis, W. angustifolia, W. arizonica, W. glabra, W. helianthoides, W. longicaulis, W. mollis
Synonyms Alarconia helenioides
Name authority (de Candolle) Nuttall: Trans. Amer. Philos. Soc., n. s. 7: 353. (1840)
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