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32. Erigeron aphanactis (A. Gray) Greene, Fl. Francisc. 389. 1897.

Erigeron concinnus (Hooker & Arnott) Torrey & A. Gray var. aphanactis A. Gray, Proc. Amer. Acad. Arts 6: 540. 1865 (as concinnum)

Perennials, 2–20(–30) cm; tap­rooted, caudices branched. Stems erect to slightly decumbent-ascending, canescent-hirsute, densely stipitate-glandular. Leaves basal (persistent) and cauline (petioles prominently ciliate, at least on proximal portions, hairs thick-based, spreading); basal blades linear-oblanceolate to spatulate, 20–80 × 2–7 mm, cauline gradually or abruptly reduced distally, sometimes bractlike (stems scapiform), margins entire, faces canescent-hirsute, densely stipitate-glandular (hairs finer). Heads (disciform) 1–4. Involucres 4–6 × 7–15 mm. Phyllaries in 2–3 series, coarsely hirsute, densely minutely glandular. Ray (pistillate) florets 30–45; corollas usually tubular, lacking laminae, or laminae shorter than involucres. Disc corollas 2.8–4.5 mm (throats white-indurate and inflated, conspicuously puberulent). Cypselae 1.5–1.8 mm, 2-nerved, faces sparsely strigose (carpopodia whitish); pappi: outer of scales or setae, inner of 7–20 bristles.

Varieties 2 (2 in the flora): w United States.

Erigeron aphanactis is distinguished from E. austiniae by its conspicuously puberulent (versus essentially glabrous) disc corollas and white (versus yellow) carpopodia; it also is similiar in habit and vestiture to E. concinnus, which has conspicuous white to pinkish rays.

1 Stems leafy; heads usually 2–3; disc corolla lobes usually yellowish   32a Erigeron aphanactis var. aphanactis
+ Stems scapiform; heads 1; disc corolla lobes sometimes becoming reddish or purplish   32b Erigeron aphanactis var. congestus


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