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Oregon Sunshine - Eriophyllum lanatum
Other Names:  Common Woolly Sunflower

Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S4

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General Description
Taprooted perennial with a woody, branched caudex. Stems ascending to erect, simple, 5–40 cm. Herbage sparsely to densely wooly-villous. Leaves basal and alternate, petiolate; basal blades obovate, 5–40 mm long, lobed at the tip; cauline blades lanceolate to oblanceolate, 1–4 cm long, entire or pinnately divided into 3 to 7 linear-oblanceolate lobes. Heads radiate, solitary on peduncles 3–15 cm long; involucre hemispheric, 5–12 mm high; phyllaries 5 to 13, narrowly ovate in 2 series, wooly, viscid; receptacle flat, smooth. Ray flowers female, 11 to 13, yellow; ligules 5–16 mm long, glandular. Disk flowers perfect; corollas 2–5 mm long, yellow, glandular; style with short-hairy appendages. Pappus of 6 to 12 erose, white scales. Achenes 4-angled, obconic, 3–5 mm long, glabrous (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Our plants are variety lanatum or integrifolium (Hook.) Smiley.

Species Range

Range Comments
BC to CA, NV, UT and WY (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 22

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Stony soil of grasslands, sagebrush steppe, open forest, open slopes (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

  • Additional ReferencesLegend:   View Online Publication
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    • Ament, R.J. 1995. Pioneer Plant Communities Five Years After the 1988 Yellowstone Fires. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 216 p.
    • Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
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