Tephroseris palustris

(Linnaeus) Reichenbach

Fl. Saxon., 146. 1842.

Basionym: Othonna palustris Linnaeus Sp. Pl. 2: 924. 1753
Synonyms: Senecio arcticus Ruprecht Senecio congestus (R. Brown) de Candolle Senecio congestus var. laceratus (Ledebour) Fernald Senecio congestus var. palustris (Linnaeus) Fernald Senecio congestus var. tonsus Fernald Senecio tubicaulis Tephroseris palustris subsp. congesta (R. Brown) Holub
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 20. Treatment on page 616. Mentioned on page 548, 615.

Annuals or biennials (perhaps rarely perennials), 20–100 cm (loosely arachnose or villous, hairs white, light yellowish, or reddish brown, indument fugitive in some populations; caudices fibrous-rooted). Stems single. Leaves basal and cauline (basal and proximal sometimes withering before flowering, mid-stem leaves prominent at flowering); petioles weakly defined; blades oblanceolate to linear-oblanceolate or spatulate, 5–15 × 0.5–3(–5) cm, margins subentire to coarsely dentate or subpinnatifid (distal leaves bractlike). Heads (4–)6–20(–40+), in loose to crowded, corymbiform arrays. Involucres ± abruptly contracted to peduncles. Phyllaries usually 21, green or yellowish green (tips sometimes pinkish), 4–10 mm. Ray florets (13–)21+; corolla laminae 5–9+ mm (sometimes incompletely opened, appearing tubular). Disc florets 30–50; corollas yellow. Cypselae glabrous; pappi white or dirty white. 2n = 48.

Phenology: Flowering May–Sep.
Habitat: Wet soils, shorelines, pond margins, brackish habitats
Elevation: 0–1000 m



Alta., B.C., Man., Nfld. and Labr. (Labr.), N.W.T., Nunavut, Ont., Que., Sask., Yukon, Alaska, Iowa, Mich., Minn., N.Dak., S.Dak., Wis., Eurasia.


Tephroseris palustris varies greatly in stature and in distribution and persistence of tomentum. The variations have been used to distinguish infraspecific taxa or two species; contemporary thought is that the complex is best treated as a single, polymorphic species.

Selected References


Lower Taxa

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Theodore M. Barkley† +  and David F. Murray +
(Linnaeus) Reichenbach +
Othonna palustris +
Alta. +, B.C. +, Man. +, Nfld. and Labr. (Labr.) +, N.W.T. +, Nunavut +, Ont. +, Que. +, Sask. +, Yukon +, Alaska +, Iowa +, Mich. +, Minn. +, N.Dak. +, S.Dak. +, Wis. +  and Eurasia. +
0–1000 m +
Wet soils, shorelines, pond margins, brackish habitats +
Flowering May–Sep. +
Fl. Saxon., +
Illustrated +
Senecio arcticus +, Senecio congestus +, Senecio congestus var. laceratus +, Senecio congestus var. palustris +, Senecio congestus var. tonsus +, Senecio tubicaulis +  and Tephroseris palustris subsp. congesta +
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