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21. Antennaria corymbosa E. E. Nelson, Bot. Gaz. 27: 212. 1899.

Flat-top or meadow pussytoes

Antennaria acuta Rydberg; A. dioica (Linnaeus) Gaertner var. corymbosa (E. E. Nelson) Jepson; A. hygrophila Greene; A. nardina Greene

Dioecious. Plants 6–15 cm. Stolons 1–10 cm. Basal leaves 1-nerved, spatulate, 18–45 × 2–4 mm, tips mucronate, faces ± gray-tomentose. Cauline leaves linear, 8–13 mm, not flagged (apices acuminate). Heads 3–7 in corymbiform arrays. Involucres: staminate 4–5.3 mm; pistillate 4–5 mm. Phyllaries (bases each with distinct dark brown or blackish spot) distally white or light brown. Corollas: staminate 2–3.2 mm; pistillate 2.5–3.5 mm. Cypselae 0.5–1 mm, slightly papillate; pappi: staminate 2.5–3.5 mm; pistillate 3.5–4.5 mm. 2n = 28.

Flowering early–mid summer. Moist subalpine-alpine willow thickets in the Rocky and Cascade mountains, the Sierra Nevada and mountains of the Great Basin; 1900–3500 m; Calif., Colo., Idaho, Mont., Nev., N.Mex., Oreg., Utah, Wash., Wyo.

Antennaria corymbosa is characterized by linear-oblanceolate basal leaves and white-tipped phyllaries, each with a distinct black spot near the base of the scarious portion. A form with black phyllaries (A. acuta) occurs sporadically throughout the range of the species (R. J. Bayer 1988). Antennaria corymbosa is a sexual progenitor of the A. rosea complex.


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