Anaphalis margaritacea

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Anaphalis margaritacea



Plant Description

General: Dioecious, leafy, erect, rhizomatous perennial, 2-9 dm. tall, white-woolly throughout. Leaves: Leaves lanceolate to narrowly oblong or linear, up to 12 cm. long and 2 cm. wide, sessile, less pubescent above, the margins often curled, little reduced upward. Flowers: Heads up to 1 cm. wide, numerous and crowded in a short, broad inflorescence; involucre 5-7 mm. high, the bracts pearly-white, imbricate in several series, dry and papery; staminate flowers tubular, with undivided style, pistillate flowers tubular-filiform, with bifid style; pappus of distinct capillary bristles. Fruit: Achenes covered with short, rounded, blunt projections.



Abbreviation: ANMA

Seed sample from 2010

Average Measurement: 0.6 x 0.2 x 0.2

Measurement Range: L: 0.4 - 0.75, W: 0.1 - 0.3, D: 0.1 - 0.3


Shape: Seeds somewhat ribbed. Right above hilum, seed narrows considerably before flaring out again.

Color: Seed is brown. Hilum is glossy and puckered, lighter colored that rest of seed.

Additional Features: Pappus of downy white hairs significantly longer that seed itself.

Surface: Seed covered in clear globules and is slightly lustrous.

Could be confused with: Antennaria howellii

Latitudinal Cross Section: elliptical ANMA-lat-crosssection.png

Longitudinal Cross Section: elliptical ANMA-long-crosssection.png

Anaphalis margaritacea with pappus
Anaphalis margaritacea

Basic Explanations and Assumptions:

The dimensions for the seeds are length x width x depth. The location of the hilum is used as the base of the seed, and the length is measured from hilum to the opposite apex. Where a style is present, the length is measured from the hilum to the bottom of the style. Width is measured at a right angle to the length at the widest part. Depth is measured at a right angle to the intersection of height and width lines.

Measurements included are the mean average for each measurement of ten separate seeds.

All measurements in millimeters unless otherwise noted.