Agoseris monticola


Pittonia 4: 37. 1899

Common names: Sierra Nevada agoseris
Synonyms: Agoseris covillei Greene Agoseris decumbens Greene Agoseris glauca var. monticola (Greene) Q. Jones
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 19. Treatment on page 329. Mentioned on page 325, 326, 328, 334.
Stems 0. Leaves mostly decumbent to prostrate; petioles rarely purplish, margins not ciliate; blades oblanceolate to spatulate, 2–10(–14) cm, margins usually dentate to lobed or laciniately pinnatifid, rarely entire, lobes 2–3 pairs, linear to oblanceolate, proximal lobes often retrorse, distal often antrorse, lobules often present, faces mostly puberulent to villous, sometimes glabrous and glaucous. Peduncles not elongating after flowering, 2–25 cm in fruit, basally lanate, apically stipitate-glandular. Involucres obconic to campanulate, 1–2 cm in fruit. Phyllaries in 2–4(–6) series, usually rosy purple, rarely green, sometimes spotted, often with a purple-black midstripes, unequal, faces ± hairy, stipitate-glandular; outer usually erect, sometimes spreading apically, adaxially glabrous; inner erect, not elongating after flowering. Receptacles epaleate, rarely paleate (outer florets only). Florets 10–40; corollas yellow, tubes 4–10 mm, ligules 5–11 × 2–4 mm; anthers 3–5 mm. Cypselae 6–10 mm; bodies fusiform, 6–9 mm, beaks 1–3 mm, lengths to 1/2 times bodies; ribs ridged to flattened, straight; pappus bristles in 2 series, 8–11 mm. 2n = 18, 36.

Phenology: Flowering Jul–Aug.
Habitat: Mesic subalpine meadows and forests to alpine tundra and rocky slopes, volcanic or pyroclastic soils
Elevation: 2000–3500 m



Calif., Nev., Oreg., Wash.


Agoseris monticola occurs mainly in the Sierra Nevada and sporadically eastward in the Great Basin (Jarbridge and Ruby Mountains) and northward to the Cascade Range and Blue Mountains of Oregon. It appears to be allied with A. glauca and has been treated as a variety of the latter. Ecologically, it approaches A. glauca var. dasycephala; the two are morphologically and geographically separate from each other. Intermediates between A. monticola and A. aurantiaca, A. glauca, and A. parviflora are known.



Lower Taxa

No lower taxa listed.

Facts about "Agoseris monticola"
AuthorGary I. Baird +
AuthorityGreene +
Common nameSierra Nevada agoseris +
DistributionCalif. +, Nev. +, Oreg. + and Wash. +
Elevation2000–3500 m +
HabitatMesic subalpine meadows and forests to alpine tundra and rocky slopes, volcanic or pyroclastic soils +
IllustratorYevonn Wilson-Ramsey +
PhenologyFlowering Jul–Aug. +
Publication titlePittonia +
Publication year1899 +
ReferenceNone +
Source xml grained fna xml/V19-20-21/V19 501.xml +
SynonymsAgoseris covillei +, Agoseris decumbens + and Agoseris glauca var. monticola +
Taxon familyAsteraceae +
Taxon nameAgoseris monticola +
Taxon parentAgoseris +
Taxon rankspecies +
VolumeVolume 19 +