Eriophyllum staechadifolium


Gen. Sp. Pl., 28. 1816.

Common names: Seaside woolly sunflower lizard tail
Synonyms: Eriophyllum staechadifolium var. artemisiifolium (Lessing) J. F. Macbride Eriophyllum staechadifolium var. depressum Greene
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 21. Treatment on page 362. Mentioned on page 354, 363.

Subshrubs, 30–150 cm. Stems ± erect. Leaves (proximal usually alternate, sometimes opposite): blades linear, lanceolate, or ovate, 3–7 cm, usually 1–2-pinnately lobed, ultimate margins entire or toothed, revolute, abaxial faces white-woolly, adaxial glabrate (distal leaves usually similar). Heads 40–80+ per array. Peduncles mostly 0–1(–1.5) cm. Involucres campanulate, 2–3+ mm diam. Phyllaries 8–11, distinct (oblong, carinate, apices obtuse or acute). Ray florets 0 or 6–9; laminae yellow, 3–5 (× 2–3) mm. Disc florets 30–40; corollas 4 mm. Cypselae 3–4 mm; pappi of 8–12 oblong or oblanceolate scales ca. 1 mm. 2n = 30.

Phenology: Flowering Apr–Sep.
Habitat: Coastal dunes and bluffs
Elevation: 0–100 m


Morphologically, Eriophyllum staechadifolium appears to connect E. confertiflorum var. confertiflorum and E. (Constancea) nevinii.

Selected References


Lower Taxa

Dale E. Johnson +  and John S. Mooring +
Lagasca +
Seaside woolly sunflower +  and lizard tail +
Calif. +  and Oreg. +
0–100 m +
Coastal dunes and bluffs +
Flowering Apr–Sep. +
Gen. Sp. Pl., +
Illustrated +  and Endemic +
Eriophyllum staechadifolium var. artemisiifolium +  and Eriophyllum staechadifolium var. depressum +
Eriophyllum staechadifolium +
Eriophyllum +
species +