Vascular Plants of the Gila Wilderness

Presented in Association with the
Western New Mexico University Department of Natural Sciences

Chaetopappa ericoides (Torrey) Nesum
(Baby Aster)

Family: Asteraceae

Status: Native

Aster arenosus (Heller) Blake
Aster hirtifolius Blake
Aster leucelene Blake
Aster arenosus Heller
Leucelene ericoides (Torrey) Greene

Chaetopappa ericoides is a small plant with scant linear leaves and dozens of small white flowerheads with yellow discs. The ray flowers turn pink purple early in the afternoon and start to turn downward. Chaetopappa ericoides rarely is over 15 cm tall and 20 cm wide, and the plant in season forms a dense ball of flowers. Chaetopappa ericoides can be found in most dry, rocky areas but is most common on exposed cliffsides and rocky roadcuts.
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Chaetopappa ericoides, photo Russ Kleinman, Burro Mtns., Mangas Canyon Road, May 2, 2007

Chaetopappa ericoides, closeup of flower, photo Russ Kleinman, Silver City, Ridge Road, April 16, 2009

Chaetopappa ericoides, flowers, photo Russ Kleinman, road 211 to Gila, April 29, 2009

Chaetopappa ericoides, achenes, photo Russ Kleinman & Bill Norris, Rte. 90 near Tyrone, June 5, 2009

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