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Sierra Pincushion
Chaenactis nevadensis

About Sierra Pincushion (Chaenactis nevadensis) Chaenactis nevadensis, with the common name Nevada dustymaiden, is a North American species of flowering plant in the daisy family. It is native to the high mountains of eastern California, including the Klamath Mountains and southernmost Cascade Range, and the Sierra Nevada from Shasta County to western Inyo County, with a few populations in Washoe County, Nevada. The species grows in sandy or gravelly soils in subalpine habitats. Chaenactis nevadensis is a perennial herb growing several short stems just a few centimeters high surrounded by a basal rosette of small, woolly, multilobed leaves. The inflorescence arises on a short peduncle. Each flower head is lined with rigid, blunt-tipped, glandular phyllaries. The flower head contains several white or pink flowers with long, protruding anthers. The fruit is an achene with a pappus of scales.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Flower Color
White, Cream

Native Status

Natural Setting
Elevation ?
5859' - 10475'

Annual Precip. ?
33.2" - 123.2"

Summer Precip. ?
1.34" - 4.14"

Coldest Month ?
25.6° F - 37.2° F

Hottest Month ?
47.8° F - 60.5° F

Humidity ?
1.00 vpd - 15.32 vpd

Landscaping Information
Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Other Names
Common Names
Nevada Dustymaiden, Nevada Pincushion

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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