Alpine sunflower

Alpine sunflower (Tetraneuris grandiflora)
Alternate name: Old-man-of-the-mountain, Graylocks Four-nerve Daisy

Family: Asteraceae, Aster view all from this family

Description A whitish hairy plant with feather-like leaves mostly near the base, and one or several stout stems each bearing one large yellow flower head.
Flowers: head 3-4 1/2" (7.5-11.3 cm) wide; with 20 or more rays surrounding a broad disk, and numerous very narrow, woolly bracts.
Leaves: 3-4" (7.5-10 cm), pinnately divided into very narrow segments.
Fruit: seed-like, 5-sided, densely hairy, narrow, with 5-8 stiff, narrow scales at top.
Height: 1-12" (2.5-30 cm).

Flower June-August.

Habitat Rocky slopes, high meadows, and tundra.

Range Central Idaho and southwestern Montana to Colorado and eastern Utah.

Discussion In a complicated genus, this has the largest and prettiest heads (grandiflora means "large-flowered") in the West.


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EricChu - Jul 18, 2011 8:24 am - Voted 10/10

Very nice!

Beautifully composed!


SenadR - Jul 18, 2011 10:37 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Very nice!

This time of the year they are everywhere :)

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