[Members of the Sunflower Family with Button-like Flower Heads]

Columbia Cut-leaf, Low-tufted Hymenopappus

Hymenopappus filifolius

Low-tufted Hymenopappus from north shore of Columbia River near Vernita Bridge (Hwy 243)........5/10/97.

Photo at right of Low-tufted Hymenopappus from north shore of Columbia River near Vernita Bridge (Hwy 243).......5/10/97.
Characteristics:

Low-tufted Hymenopappus has several erect stems arising from a woody base to reach a height of 10-90 cm. The leaves are woolly, few, and pinnately cleft. the leaflets are linear or almost needle-like. The stem leaves become reduced in size and number on climbing the stem.

The inflorescence is often a corymb. The flower heads are few, discoid, and scattered about the plant. The flower heads are yellow to pink.


Habitat:

Low-tufted Hymenopappus is found in dry open habitats, frequently in sand or gravel in the lowlands and foothills.


Range:

Low-tufted Hymenopappus is found east of the Cascade Mountains from central Washington south to Baja California, east to the Great Plains and Texas.

In the Columbia River Gorge, it is found at about 200' in elevation roughly between the mouth of the Deschutes River and the mouth of the John Day River.


Low-tufted Hymenopappus from north shore of Columbia River near Vernita Bridge (Hwy 243)......5/10/97.

Paul Slichter