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FNA | Family List | FNA Vol. 20 | Asteraceae | Almutaster

1. Almutaster pauciflorus (Nuttall) Á. Löve & D. Löve, Taxon. 31: 356. 1982.

Marsh alkali aster

Aster pauciflorus Nuttall, Gen. N. Amer. Pl. 2: 154. 1818

Plants laxly colonial. Stems sometimes reddish at base. Leaves: blades 10–100 mm, margins sometimes ciliate or (distal) stipitate-glandular, apices mucronulate; basal sometimes marcescent, petiole bases widened, clasping, apices obtuse or acute; cauline reduced distally, subclasping, apices acute. Heads (1–)3–10(–30+), each terminating long, ascending branch. Peduncle bracts 2–9, glandular. Phyllaries ± green, margins erose-hyaline, inner more widely so, apices mucronulate. Ray floret laminae 5–8 mm. Cypselae golden brown, ribs stramineous. 2n = 18.

Flowering spring–fall. Damp alkaline places, alluvial soils, with halophytic vegetation, inland salt marshes, along streams in ravines, ditches, in desert and dry prairie areas; 200–2400 m; Alta., Man., N.W.T., Sask.; Ariz., Calif., Colo., Nev., N.Mex., N.Dak., S.Dak., Tex., Utah, Wyo.; Mexico.


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