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Townsendia florifer
showy Townsend-daisy, showy townsendia

Distribution: Occurring east of the Cascades crest in Washington; Washington to Oregon and Nevada, east to Montana, Wyoming, and Utah.

Habitat: Dry-open places in the plains and foothills, often with sagebrush.

Flowers: May-July

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Annual, Biennial, Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Annual, biennial or perennial from a persistent base, the several stems lax and often branched, 5-15 cm. long.


Basal leaves tufted and persistent, spatulate or spatulate-obovate, 2-6 cm. long and 3-11 mm. wide, the cauline similar or reduced.


Heads solitary on each stem, or several on robust plants; involucre 7-10 mm. high, the bracts somewhat imbricate, narrow, pointed, with a green central stripe and fringed margins; rays pistillate and fertile, light pink to nearly white, 7-12 mm. long; disk flowers perfect, numerous, yellow; pappus of the disk flowers a single series of numerous, rigid, narrow, barbellate, bristle-like scales, that of the ray flowers similar but reduced.


Achenes flattened, 2-nerved, with loose, short hairs.

Accepted Name:
Townsendia florifer (Hook.) A. Gray
Publication: Proc. Amer. Acad. Arts. 16: 84. 1880.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Townsendia florifer (Hook.) A. Gray var. florifer
Townsendia florifera (Hook.) A. Gray var. watsonii (A. Gray) Cronquist, orthographic variant
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Townsendia florifer in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Townsendia florifer checklist entry.

OregonFlora: Townsendia florifer information.

E-Flora BC: Townsendia florifer atlas page.

CalPhotos: Townsendia florifer photos.

USDA Plants: Townsendia florifer information.

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