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13. Lasthenia fremontii (Torrey ex A. Gray) Greene, Man. Bot. San Francisco. 204. 1894.

Fremont’s goldfields

Dichaeta fremontii Torrey ex A. Gray, Mem. Amer. Acad. Arts, n. s. 4: 102. 1849; Baeria fremontii (Torrey ex A. Gray) A. Gray

Annuals, to 35 cm. Stems erect, branched proximally, glabrous proximally, ± hairy distally. Leaves linear, 10–60 × 1–2+ mm (simple blades or single lobes), margins entire or with 1–3 pairs of linear lobes, faces glabrous or sparsely hairy. Involucres hemispheric or obconic, 4–6 mm. Phyllaries 8–16 (distinct), ovate, hairy. Receptacles dome-shaped, muricate, hairy. Ray florets 6–13; laminae oblong to oval, 5–7 mm. Anther appendages linear to narrowly ovate. Cypselae black or gray, clavate, to 1.5 mm, usually scabrous, rarely glabrous; pappi usually of (3–)4(–5) subulate, aristate scales plus 3–5+ shorter, ± subulate scales or teeth, rarely of aristate scales only, or 0. 2n = 12.

Flowering Mar–May. Vernal pools and wet meadows; 0–700 m; Calif.

Epappose plants of Lasthenia fremontii are rarely found and then only in the southernmost part of its range in Tulare and San Luis Obispo counties, where they occur together with pappose plants. The ranges of L. fremontii and L. conjugens overlap slightly; the two species have not been found growing together.


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