Narrow-leaf pussy-toes from Big Summit Prairie, Ochoco N.F...................June 23, 1998.
Narrow-leaf pussytoes is a perennial wildflower with many upright stems clustered in a compact space. The stems arise from 3-15 cm high and are noticeably leafy with alternating leaves. The herbage is noticeably silky-tomentose. The leaves are long, thin and linear in shape. The basal leaves range from 2-8 cm long and 1-2 mm wide while the numerous stem leaves are gradually reduced in size upwards along the stems.
The inflorescences are subcapitate cymes of several flower heads from 8-15 mm wide. The involucres are 4-6 mm high smooth to the base with light or dark brwon bracts which may be whitish towards the tip. Occasionally the bracts may be pinkish in color.
Narrow-leaf pussy-toes is a wildflower of open, moderately dry places both in the plains and within open woodlands.
Narrow-leaf pussy-toes is found in central and eastern Washington and Oregon and east across the Snake River Plains to Blaine County, Idaho.