Arida riparia

(Kunth) D. R. Morgan & R. L. Hartman

Sida 20: 1414. 2003

Common names: Chiricahua mountain tansy-aster alkali aster
Basionyms: Aster riparius Kunth in A. von Humboldt et al., Nov. Gen. Sp. 4(fol.): 72. 1818; 4(qto): 92. 1820
Synonyms: Machaeranthera riparia (Kunth) A. G. Jones Machaeranthera sonorae (A. Gray) Stucky
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 20. Treatment on page 405. Mentioned on page 402, 403.
Annuals, 25–60 cm; taproots slender to thick. Stems 1–12+, erect or ascending, straight and rigid, sometimes sprawling from base, branching from base and distally, glabrous, glaucous. Leaves mostly cauline; sessile (± appressed); blades oblanceolate, 20–30 × 3–5 mm, reduced distally, (thick, succulent) bases broadened, margins entire (incised to dentate in hybrids with A. parviflora) eciliate or with 1–8 cilia per side, apices linear, spiny-mucronate, glabrous; distal subulate, entire. Heads borne singly (terminal), often in loose, leafy, cymiform arrays. Involucres hemispheric, 10–12 × 10–16 mm (fresh). Phyllaries in 4–5 series, appressed, linear-lanceolate, 2–8 mm, bases whitish to tan, margins entire to laciniate, apices green, acute to acuminate, glabrous. Ray florets 50–80+; laminae bluish purple to lavender, 10–12 mm, coiled after flowering. Disc florets 45–100+; corollas yellow, 3.5–5 mm. Cypselae oblanceoloid, 2.5–3 mm, 11–13-nerved per face, faces sparsely sericeous; pappi: white, setose; ray 3–3.5 mm; disc 3–4 mm. 2n = 10.

Phenology: Flowering Apr–Sep.
Habitat: Low valleys, saline soils on mudflats, edges of playas
Elevation: 1300–1400 m



Ariz., N.Mex., Mexico (Chihuahua, Coahuila, Durango, Zacatecas).


Arida riparia is a distinctive species recognized by its V-shaped branching, narrow, succulent, somewhat appressed, spiny-tipped leaves, and relatively large heads. It is known to hybridize with A. parviflora in southeastern Arizona and adjacent New Mexico. Specimens with dentate leaf margins usually represent hybrids.

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Facts about "Arida riparia"
AuthorRonald L. Hartman + and David J. Bogler +
Authority(Kunth) D. R. Morgan & R. L. Hartman +
BasionymsAster riparius +
Common nameChiricahua mountain tansy-aster + and alkali aster +
DistributionAriz. +, N.Mex. +, Mexico (Chihuahua +, Coahuila +, Durango + and Zacatecas). +
Elevation1300–1400 m +
HabitatLow valleys, saline soils on mudflats, edges of playas +
Illustration copyrightFlora of North America Association +
IllustratorBee F. Gunn +
PhenologyFlowering Apr–Sep. +
Publication titleSida +
Publication year2003 +
ReferenceNone +
Source xml grained fna xml/V19-20-21/V20 926.xml +
SynonymsMachaeranthera riparia + and Machaeranthera sonorae +
Taxon familyAsteraceae +
Taxon nameArida riparia +
Taxon parentArida +
Taxon rankspecies +
VolumeVolume 20 +