Monday, February 20, 2017

Symphyotrichum ascendens (Western Aster)

7/3/16 With Apricot Mallow (Sphaeralcea ambigua), South Lake Road, south of Bishop Creek Lodge, Eastern Sierra, Inyo National Forest, Inyo County, CA 

7/3/16 South Lake Road

7/3/16 South Lake Road


COMMON NAME: Western Aster

SPECIES: Symphyotrichum ascendens

FAMILY: Asteraceae (Sunflower Family)

LIFE LIST DATE: 7/3/2016

LOCATION: South Lake Road, South of Bishop Creek Lodge, Eastern Sierra, Inyo National Forest, Inyo County, CA


Treatment from Jepson eFlora:

Habit: Perennial herb; rhizome long. 

Stem: 2--6 dm, strigose at least distally. 

Leaf: basal and cauline, 5--15 cm, smaller distally on stem, oblong to oblanceolate, acute, glabrous to +- strigose. 

Inflorescence: heads in open cyme-like cluster; phyllaries oblong to narrowly obovate, obtuse (outer) to +- acute (inner), green at tip, pale-margined at base, green zone obovate to elliptic. 

Ray Flower: 15--40; corolla 8--15 mm, violet. 

Fruit: hairy. 

Ecology: Meadows, disturbed places; 

Elevation: 500--2500 m. 

Bioregional Distribution: SNH (e slope), Teh, SnGb, SnBr, GB; 

Distribution Outside California: to western Canada, Colorado, northern Arizona. 

Flowering Time: Jul--Sep 

Synonyms: Aster ascendens Lindl.; Aster chilensis Nees subsp
. ascendens (Lindl.) Cronquist
eFlora Treatment Author: Geraldine A. Allen

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