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Anisocarpus madioides

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About Woodland Madia (Anisocarpus madioides) Anisocarpus madioides (syn. Madia madioides) is a species of flowering plant in the aster family known by the common name woodland madia. It is native to the west coast of North America from Vancouver Island in British Columbia to the Peninsular Ranges of southern California. It is a plant of forest and woodland habitat. This is a perennial herb growing up to about 75 centimeters in maximum height, its stem coated in rough hairs and stalked resin glands. The lower leaves are up to 12 centimeters long, oppositely arranged, and fused around the stem at the bases. The upper leaves are much smaller and often alternately arranged. The flower cluster produces several flower heads on long peduncles, each with a rounded involucre of hairy phyllaries. The heads bear yellow ray florets up to a centimeter long and many disc florets. The fruit is an achene a few millimeters long, usually with a small pappus.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Max. Height
2.5 ft (0.8 m)

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type


Elevation ?
7' - 5748'

Annual Precip. ?
15.0" - 120.7"

Summer Precip. ?
0.20" - 4.19"

Coldest Month ?
27.8° F - 50.1° F

Hottest Month ?
59.0° F - 75.2° F

Humidity ?
0.01 vpd - 24.58 vpd

Sunset Zones ?
1, 4*, 5*, 6*, 7, 14, 15*, 16*, 17*

Landscaping Information
Common uses
Bee Gardens

Other Names
Botanical Names
Madia madioides

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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