Wildflowers of Southern Arizona
Hairy Cat's Ear.
Aster (Asteraceae) family.
Perennials, 10-60 cm; taproots vertical, thick, fibrous, caudices woody. Stems (1-15) erect, usually branched (2-3 times at midstem and distally, sparsely bracteate or naked), glabrous or coarsely hirsute proximally. Leaves all basal; blades oblanceolate, lyrate to slightly runcinate, 50--350 × 5-30 mm, margins coarsely dentate to pinnatifid, faces ± hirsute (hairs coarse, spreading). Heads usually 2-7 in loose arrays, sometimes borne singly. Involucres cylindric or campanulate, 10-25 × 10-20 mm. Phyllaries 20-30, narrowly lanceolate, 3-20 mm, unequal, margins scarious, green to darkened, faces glabrous or sparsely hirsute medially. Florets 10-15 mm, surpassing phyllaries at flowering; corollas bright yellow or grayish green. Cypselae monomorphic, all beaked, beaks 3-5 mm; bodies golden brown, fusiform, 6-10 mm, ribs 10-12, muricate; pappi of whitish bristles in 2 series, outer barbellate, shorter than plumose inner, longest 10-12 mm. Flowering Apr-Nov. Oak-pine forest, coastal prairie, dunes, waste ground, dry fields, roadside ditches, railroads, lawns; 0. 1600 m.
Santa Catalina Mountains.
Palisades Visitor Center
Location: On rock slope by front door.
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