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Slender Townsendia
Townsendia leptotes
About Slender Townsendia (Townsendia leptotes) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Townsendia leptotes is a species of flowering plant in the aster family known by the common names common Townsend daisy and slender townsendia. It is native to the western United States, where it grows in the alpine climates of high mountain ranges from California to Montana to New Mexico. This is a petite perennial herb taking a clumped form just a few centimeters tall, its herbage growing on a caudex and taproot unit. The leaves are 1 to 2 centimeters long, linear or lance-shaped, and coated in rough hairs. The plant blooms in a profusion of flower heads each 1 to 2 centimeters wide with hairy to hairless, lance-shaped phyllaries. Each head contains many yellow disc florets and many white, pinkish, or blue ray florets each measuring roughly a centimeter in length. Occasionally, heads lack disc florets. The fruit is a hairless achene tipped with a pappus of bristles.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial herb

1.2 in tall

Landscaping Information
Natural Setting
Annual Precipitation: 19.8" - 21.7", Summer Precipitation: 2.28" - 2.54", Coldest Month: 21.5" - 22.5", Hottest Month: 39.4" - 45.0", Humidity: 1.94" - 8.81", Elevation: 10807" - 12481"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Common Townsend Daisy, Common Townsendia

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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