Antennaria umbrinella (Brown-Bracted Everlasting) - photos and description





Basal leaf in above photo

Stem leaf in above photo




Plants beginning to flower on May 10th in above photo 

General: Mat-forming species with basal leaves in rosettes. Colonies consist of many basal rosettes with few flowering stems.

Flowers: A flower heads involucre measured at 4-5 mm high, bracts dark brown. Male and female flowers on separate plants.

Leaves: Basal leaves white tomentose both sides, spatulate, basal leaf measured at 1 cm long by 4 mm wide. Stem leaves alternate, lanceolate, stem leaf highlighted in photograph above was 1 cm long by 3 mm wide. We observed 9 - 12 stem leaves.

Height: Height is listed in Budd's Flora to 6 cm, measured plants to 12 cm tall.

Habitat: Gravelly slopes in the Cypress Hills.

Abundance: This plant is rare, ranked as an S2S3 by the Saskatchewan Conservation Data Centre.

Origin: Native.

How to identify this species of Antennaria: This species can be identified by its dark brown bracts and an involucre 4-5 mm high.

When and where photographed: Photos were taken May 10th and June 4th rocky cliff in the Cypress Hills, about 400 km southwest of our home in Regina, SK.