|Antennaria_flagellaris in Wenas Wildlife Area, Washington|
Antennaria flagellaris is a species of flowering plant in the daisy family known by the common names whip pussytoes and stoloniferous pussytoes. It is native to western North America from British Columbia to California to Wyoming, but mostly to the Great Basin, where it is a member of the sagebrush scrub plant community.
This is a petite perennial herb forming a thin patch on the ground no more than 2 centimeters high. It grows from a slender caudex and spreads via thin, wiry, cobwebby stolons. The woolly grayish leaves are one to two centimeters long and generally lance-shaped. The tiny inflorescence holds a single flower head less than a centimeter wide. The species is dioecious, with male plants producing staminate flowers and female plants producing pistillate. The fruit is a bumpy achene up to a centimeter long including its long, soft pappus.
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