Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium

  Gnaphalium saxicola Fassett image
Photographer: D. Sky Feller           

D. Sky Feller

D. Sky Feller
Family Asteraceae
Gnaphalium saxicola Fassett
cliff cudweed, rabbit-tobacco
Gnaphalium: derived from Greek gnaphalon, "a lock of wool," describing these plants as floccose-wooly
saxicola: growing among rocks
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Status: Threatened
Plant: erect to drooping, annual, 10" tall, fragrant forb; stems with white, woolly hairs
Flower: head white, 1/4" wide, no rays, disks with 75-125 flowers; inflorescence with many heads in branched, often flattish clusters; blooms July-Oct.
Fruit:smooth, dry seed on fluffy pappus
Leaf:alternate, toothless, mostly stalkless, linear, bases not extending down the stem, whitish below and greenish above
Habitat: moist to dry; sandstone cliffs, ravines
Notes: very similar to G. obtusifolium var. obtusifolium but smaller, not as stiff, and with wider, less hairy leaves

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