Erigeron formosissimus var. formosissimus
Stems densely hirsute to hirsutulous (hairs often deflexed), eglandular. Distal leaves hirsuto-villous, eglandular or sometimes sparsely glandular. Involucres moderately to densely hirsute, minutely glandular (glands usually inconspicuous under hairs).
Phenology: Flowering Jul–Sep.
Habitat: Rocky slopes, meadows, openings, pine-fir, aspen-spruce
Elevation: (1700–)1900–3400 m
Ariz., Colo., N.Mex., S.Dak., Utah.
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