Machaeranthera blephariphylla (Gray) Shinners
Synonyms: Aster gymnocephalus auct. non (DC.) Gray; Haplopappus blephariphyllus Gray; Machaeranthera correllii Shinners; Machaeranthera gymnocephala auct. non (DC.) Shinners
Description: Perennial; stems erect to about 30 cm tall, leafy to apex. Herbage scabrous-puberulous nearly glabrous, not glandular. Leaves oblong spatulate to lanceolate, bristle-toothed. Heads on naked peduncles. Rays white, occasionally bluish on the underside. Achenes sericeous.
Distribution: Western Texas (in Limestone Mountains (Diablo, Glass and Guadalupe)), New Mexico, and Coahuila, Mexico (Correll and Johnston, 1979).
Habitat: Occasional in PJ woodland on crumbly, white calcareous soils (Herbarium sheet- 8 October 1990 R. Sivinski in New Mexico 88764 (UNM))
Broad meadow surrounded by PJ woodland (Herbarium sheet - 16 Aug. 1949 S Gordon & D Dunn in New Mexico 10258 (UNM))
Dry ground in open plains (Martin and Hutchins, 1981)
Plants Seen or Cited: UNM Herbarium specimens;
Comments: Correll and Johnston (1979) noted that in TX these plants have been known incorrectly as H. gymnocephalus DC.
Status: Currently NMNHP/TNC Rank: G3(?) and S(?). Proposed to change to G3 and S3. This species seems to be relatively widespread even though herbarium specimens and documented observations are lacking.
Correll, D.S. and M.C. Johnston. 1979. Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas.
Martin, W.C. and C.R. Hutchins. 1981. A Flora of New Mexico.
Machaeranthera gymnocephala (DC.) Shinners in Field & Labroratory 18: 40 1950
Aster gymnocephalus (DC.) A. Gray in Proc. Amer. Acad. Arts and Sciences 15: 32 1879
Aplopappus serratus Gray. Prodromus Systematis Naturalis Regni Vegetabilis 5: p. 346 1836
Information Compiled By: Juanita A.R. Ladyman, 1998