cliff cudweed, more...
[Gnaphalium obtusifolium var. saxicola L., more]
Etymology: Gnaphalium: derived from Greek gnaphalon, "a lock of wool," describing these plants as floccose-wooly
Plants: erect to drooping, annual, 10" tall, fragrant forb; stems with white, woolly hairs
Leaves: alternate, toothless, mostly stalkless, linear, bases not extending down the stem, whitish below and greenish above
Flowers: head white, 1/4" wide, no rays, disks with 75-125 flowers; inflorescence with many heads in branched, often flattish clusters; blooms July-Oct.
Fruits: smooth, dry seed on fluffy pappus
Habitat: moist to dry; sandstone cliffs, ravines
Conservation Status: Threatened
Flora of North America: Flora of North America Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 10 WIS DNR-Bureau of Endangered Resources: Detailed information on Wisconsin listed species including state and federal status, photos, etc. USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos