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Annual to tree
Leaves basal or cauline, alternate to whorled, simple to compound
Inflorescence: 1° inflorescence a head, each resembling a flower, 1–many, generally arrayed in cymes, generally subtended by ± calyx-like involucre; flowers 1–many per head
Flowers bisexual, unisexual, or sterile, ± small, of several types; calyx 0 or modified into pappus of bristles, scales, or awns, which is generally persistent in fruit; corolla radial or bilateral (rarely 0), lobes generally (0)4–5; stamens 4–5, anthers generally fused into cylinder around style, often appendaged at tips, bases, or both, filaments generally free, generally attached to corolla near throat; pistil 1, ovary inferior, 1-chambered, 1-seeded, style 1, branches 2, generally hair-tufted at tip, stigmas 2, generally on inside of style branches
Fruit: achene, cylindric to ovoid, generally deciduous with pappus attached
Genera in family: ± 1300 genera, 21,000 species (largest family of dicots): worldwide. Largest family in CA. Also see tribal key to CA genera: Strother 1997 Madroño 44(1):1–28. See glossary p. 25 for illustrations of general family characteristics.



Meredith A. Lane

Species in genus: 1 sp.: w North America
Etymology: (Greek: rock goldenrod)


P. pumila (Nutt.) Greene subsp. pumila

Perennial < 3 dm, light green, glabrous, taprooted
Stems several, erect, striate, gummy
Leaves alternate, 2–12 cm, linear to (ob)lanceolate, leathery, 3-veined, resin-dotted, entire; margins scabrous
Inflorescence: heads radiate, many, in dense, flat-topped clusters; involucres < 10 mm, < 3 mm diam, cylindric; phyllaries 10–21 in 3–6 series, oblong to ovate, light yellow, tips green; receptacle naked
Ray flowers 2–3; ligules yellow
Disk flowers 2–4, staminate; corollas < 6.2 mm, yellow
Fruit 4–5 mm, 6–9-veined, compressed, glabrous; pappus bristles thread-like, ± twisted, brownish
Chromosomes: 2n=18
Ecology: Rocky soils, pine forest to juniper scrub, often on limestone
Elevation: 2300–3400 m.
Bioregional distribution: Desert Mountains
Distribution outside California: to Idaho, Wyoming, New Mexico
Flowering time: Jul–Oct
Reference: [Anderson 1963 Trans KS Acad Sci 66:632–684]
Horticultural information: TRY.
See the CNPS Inventory for information about endangerment and rarity.
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