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12d. Malacothrix saxatilis (Nuttall) Torrey & A. Gray var. arachnoidea (E. A. McGregor) E. W. Williams, Amer. Midl. Naturalist. 58: 509. 1957.

Carmel Valley malacothrix

Malacothrix arachnoidea E. A. McGregor, Bull. Torrey Club 36: 605, fig. 3. 1909

Plants rhizomatous or with woody caudices. Herbage tomentose. Stems 1 (from rhizomes) or 2–3+ (from caudices), erect, freely branched, herbaceous or proximally woody, relatively leafy distally. Cauline leaves: proximal not pinnately lobed (lanceolate to elliptic, margins usually entire, apices acute); distal broadly lance-linear to elliptic or linear (firm, bases gradually tapering), margins usually entire, sometimes denticulate, apices usually acute. Arrays of heads relatively crowded to open. Cypselae 2.2–2.5 mm. 2n = 18.

Flowering year-round. Rocky open banks, chaparral, coastal sage; of conservation concern; 200–2200 m; Calif.

Variety arachnoidea grows in Carmel Valley (Monterey County) and in the San Rafael Mountains (Santa Barbara County).


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