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Stenotus lanuginosus
woolly goldenweed

Distribution: Occurring east of the Cascades crest in Washington; Washington to California, east to Idaho, Montana, and Nevada.

Habitat: Open, dry, often rocky places, from sagebrush desert to ponderosa pine forest openings at middle elevations in the mountains.

Flowers: May-July

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Densely tufted herbaceous perennial from fibrous roots, the stems 6-24 cm. tall; herbage usually white-woolly.


Leaves alternate, oblanceolate, erect, entire, soft, 3-10 cm. long and 2-7 mm. wide, crowded at the ends of numerous, short branches.


Flowering stems numerous, each with a single head; involucre 6-12 mm. high, its bracts nearly equal; rays 7-20, yellow, 8-12 mm. long; disk flowers yellow; pappus of capillary bristles.


Achene elongate.

Accepted Name:
Stenotus lanuginosus (A. Gray) Greene
Publication: Erythea. 2: 72. 1894.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Haplopappus lanuginosus A. Gray [HC]
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Stenotus lanuginosus in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Stenotus lanuginosus checklist entry.

OregonFlora: Stenotus lanuginosus information.

E-Flora BC: Stenotus lanuginosus atlas page.

CalPhotos: Stenotus lanuginosus photos.

USDA Plants: Stenotus lanuginosus information.

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