Eaton's Fleabane - Erigeron eatonii
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This species has only been collected once in Montana, several decades ago in Stillwater County. The population where this specimen was collected is likely still extant, but no surveys have been conducted to try and re-locate it.
Eaton's Daisy is a taprooted perennial with 5-30 cm tall stems that are purplish and curved at the bases. The tufted basal leaves are three-nerved, pointed at the tip, and tapered gradually to the petiole. The stem leaves are smaller and reduced upwards. The inflorescence is open with 1-7 flower heads. The glandular involucral bracts are 5-7 mm long and distinctly overlapping. The 20-50 rays are usually white and are 5-10 mm long. The yellow disk corollas are 3-5 mm long. There are 15-25 pappus bristles at the top of each achene.
Our plants are variety eatonii.
Flowering in July-August.
Because Erigeron is a large and difficult genus a technical key should be consulted. The taprooted habit, three-nerved, narrow basal leaves, reduced stem leaves, and white rays should help distinguish this species from others.
WA to MT south to CA, AZ and CO (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).
Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
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Open areas in the mountains and foothills.
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- Lesica, P., M. T. Lavin, and P. F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.