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Cacaliopsis nardosmia
silvercrown luina, tall silvercrown

Distribution: Occurring chiefly east of the Cascades crest in Washington; southern British Columbia to California.

Habitat: Meadows, forest edge, forest openings, and light forest understory from low to middle elevations.

Flowers: May-July

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Perennial from a woody rhizome, 4-10 dm. tall.


Leaves mostly toward the base, upper and middle cauline leaves strongly reduced; leaves long-petiolate, with broad, palmately-cleft blade up to 2 dm. long and 2.5 dm. wide, the segments again coarsely toothed or lobed; leaves green above, thinly white-woolly below.


Heads several in a raceme; involucre 10-17 mm. high, the disk 12-30 mm. wide; disk flowers yellow, ray flowers wanting; pappus of numerous capillary bristles.


Achene prominently several-nerved.

Accepted Name:
Cacaliopsis nardosmia (A. Gray) A. Gray
Publication: Proc. Amer. Acad. Arts. 19: 50. 1883.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Cacalia nardosmia A. Gray
Cacaliopsis nardosmia (A. Gray) A. Gray ssp. glabrata (Piper) Piper
Luina nardosmia (A. Gray) Cronquist [HC]
Luina nardosmia (A. Gray) Cronquist var. glabrata (Piper) Cronquist [HC]
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Cacaliopsis nardosmia in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Cacaliopsis nardosmia checklist entry.

OregonFlora: Cacaliopsis nardosmia information.

E-Flora BC: Cacaliopsis nardosmia atlas page.

CalPhotos: Cacaliopsis nardosmia photos.

USDA Plants: Cacaliopsis nardosmia information.

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