Subalpine Aster - Eurybia merita
MNPS Threat Rank
Rhizomatous perennial. Stems erect, 15–40 cm. Herbage scabrous to sparsely puberulent. Leaves cauline, stiff, short-petiolate; blades lanceolate to narrowly elliptic, serrulate, 1–8 cm long, sessile above. Inflorescence corymbiform with several heads; peduncles villous. Involucre campanulate, 6–9 mm high; phyllaries lanceolate, ciliate, pubescent; the inner with purple margins. Rays 14 to 32; ligules 7–10 mm long. Disk flowers 30 to 60; corolla 6–8 mm long. Achenes fusiform, 2–4 mm long, sparsely strigose (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX)
The following animal species have been reported as pollinators of this species or genera where their geographic ranges overlap: Bombus vagans
, Bombus ternarius
, and Bombus terricola
(Colla and Dumesh 2010).