[Mule's Ears: The Genus Wyethia East of the Cascade Mountains of Oregon and Washington]

Mountain Mule's Ears, Rough Dwarf Sunflower, Woolly Dwarf Mule's Ears, Woolly Mule's Ears

Wyethia mollis

Mountain Mule's Ears, Rough Dwarf Sunflower, Woolly Dwarf Mule's Ears, Woolly Mule's Ears: Wyethia mollis

Woolly dwarf sunflower as seen along Forest Road #3615, North Warner Mountains, Fremont National Forest..........June 12, 2016.

Flower head of Mountain Mule's Ears, Rough Dwarf Sunflower, Woolly Dwarf Mule's Ears, Woolly Mule's EarsPhoto at right of the flower head of woolly dwarf sunflower from Cottonwood Meadows, Fremont N.F.........July 15, 1998.
Characteristics:

Woolly dwarf sunflower is a perennial from 50 to 100 cm in height. It is typically softly tomentose throughout, but may become glabrous with age. The basal leaves are oblong-ovate to obovate, entire, with the leaf blade from 20 to 40 cm long (See photos.). The basal leaves also have a long petiole. The stem leaves are similar but reduced in size, and have petioles with dilated bases.

The stems bear one to several sessile or short-pedunculated heads. There may be from 6 to 12 yellow rays, from 2.5 to 3.5 cm long surrounding the yellow, central disk. The involucre is 12 to 15 mm tall, with lance-oblong to ovate bracts.


Habitat:

Woolly dwarf sunflower is found in dry, mostly wooded slopes within its range.


Range:

Woolly dwarf sunflower is found from Lake and Klamath Counties in south-central Oregon south through Nevada and California.


Mountain Mule's Ears, Rough Dwarf Sunflower, Woolly Dwarf Mule's Ears, Woolly Mule's Ears: Wyethia mollis - Mountain Mule's Ears, Rough Dwarf Sunflower, Woolly Dwarf Mule's Ears, Woolly Mule's Ears: Wyethia mollis

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Mountain Mule's Ears, Rough Dwarf Sunflower, Woolly Dwarf Mule's Ears, Woolly Mule's Ears: Wyethia mollis - Mountain Mule's Ears, Rough Dwarf Sunflower, Woolly Dwarf Mule's Ears, Woolly Mule's Ears: Wyethia mollis - Mountain Mule's Ears, Rough Dwarf Sunflower, Woolly Dwarf Mule's Ears, Woolly Mule's Ears: Wyethia mollis

Leaves of Mountain Mule's Ears, Rough Dwarf Sunflower, Woolly Dwarf Mule's Ears, Woolly Mule's Ears: Wyethia mollis - Mountain Mule's Ears, Rough Dwarf Sunflower, Woolly Dwarf Mule's Ears, Woolly Mule's Ears: Wyethia mollis

Mountain Mule's Ears, Rough Dwarf Sunflower, Woolly Dwarf Mule's Ears, Woolly Mule's Ears: Wyethia mollis - Flower head of Mountain Mule's Ears, Rough Dwarf Sunflower, Woolly Dwarf Mule's Ears, Woolly Mule's Ears: Wyethia mollis - Mountain Mule's Ears, Rough Dwarf Sunflower, Woolly Dwarf Mule's Ears, Woolly Mule's Ears: Wyethia mollis

Additional images of woolly dwarf sunflower as seen along Forest Road #3615, North Warner Mountains, Fremont National Forest..........June 12, 2016.

Mountain Mule's Ears, Rough Dwarf Sunflower, Woolly Dwarf Mule's Ears, Woolly Mule's Ears: Wyethia mollis - Mountain Mule's Ears, Rough Dwarf Sunflower, Woolly Dwarf Mule's Ears, Woolly Mule's Ears: Wyethia mollis

Leaf of Mountain Mule's Ears, Rough Dwarf Sunflower, Woolly Dwarf Mule's Ears, Woolly Mule's Ears: Wyethia mollis - Mountain Mule's Ears, Rough Dwarf Sunflower, Woolly Dwarf Mule's Ears, Woolly Mule's Ears: Wyethia mollis

Woolly dwarf sunflower blooming in vernally wet areas along Forest Road 4011 several hundred yards below the trailhead for the Crane Mountain Trail, Fremont-Winema National Forest......June 30, 2019. The photo at lower right also shows mountain big sage (Artemisia tridentata var. vaseyana) and wavyleaf paintbrush (Castilleja applegatei var. pinetorum).

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Woolly dwarf sunflower blooming along FS Road 28 in private timberlands between Roads 30 and 3219, surrounded by the Fremont-Winema National Forest........June 17, 2020.

Mountain Mule's Ears, Rough Dwarf Sunflower, Woolly Dwarf Mule's Ears, Woolly Mule's Ears

Woolly dwarf sunflower from Cottonwood Meadows, Fremont N.F.........July 15, 1998.

Leaf of Mountain Mule's Ears, Rough Dwarf Sunflower, Woolly Dwarf Mule's Ears, Woolly Mule's Ears

The photo above shows the basal leaf of woolly dwarf sunflower.

Involucre of Mountain Mule's Ears, Rough Dwarf Sunflower, Woolly Dwarf Mule's Ears, Woolly Mule's Ears

The photo above shows the involucral bracts of woolly dwarf sunflower.

Paul Slichter