Antennaria pulcherrima - photos and description
15 cm ruler for scale
Flower heads with female flowers in above photo
Flower heads with male flowers in above photo
Inner involucral bracts pale brown
Base of outer bracts with a large brown spot
Stem leaf in above photo
Basal leaf in above photo
Erect plants with flower heads upright or nodding, male and female flowers on separate plants. Involucre 5 mm long, outer bracts with brown spot at their base, inner petaloid bracts light brown or straw coloured. Flower heads measured at 8 mm diameter. Stem leaves reduced upwards, sessile, linear, up to 11 stem leaves on a stem. Basal leaves 3-nerved, elliptical, basal leaf highlighted in photo above was 17 cm long (including petiole) and 2 cm wide (pressed flat).
Listed as uncommon in Checklist of Vascular Plants of Saskatchewan.
Height listed in Budd's Flora to 50 cm, we measured plants to 53 cm tall.
Habitat is moist soil in the boreal forest.
The above photos were taken on July 5th, moist, grassy roadside, 450 km northeast of our home in Regina, SK.