Askellia pygmaea

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Askellia pygmaea
Crepis nana.jpg
Scientific classification
A. pygmaea
Binomial name
Askellia pygmaea
  • Askellia nana (Richardson) W.A.Weber
  • Barkhausia nana (Richardson) DC.
  • Crepis cochlearifolia Fisch. ex Herder
  • Crepis nana Richardson
  • Hieracioides nanum (Richardson) Kuntze
  • Prenanthes pygmaea Ledeb.
  • Youngia nana (Richardson) Rydb.
  • Youngia pygmaea (Ledeb.) Ledeb.

Askellia pygmaea (dwarf alpine hawksbeard)[2] is a species of Asian and North American plants in the dandelion tribe within the sunflower family. It is native to western, northern, and eastern Canada (Yukon, Northwest Territories, British Columbia, Alberta, Nunavut, Quebec, Labrador, Newfoundland), the western United States (Alaska, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Idaho, Utah, Nevada, Washington, Oregon, California), Russia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, and western China (Tibet + Xinjiang).[3][4]

Askellia pygmaea is a perennial up to 20 cm (8 inches) tall, with a deep taproot and spreading by means of underground rhizomes thus forming dense clumps. Stems are sometimes erect, but sometimes trailing along the ground. One plant can have more than 80 small flower heads, each with 9-12 yellow ray florets but no disc florets.[5][4]


  1. ^ The Plant List, Askellia pygmaea (Ledeb.) Sennikov
  2. ^ "Crepis nana". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 21 June 2015.
  3. ^ Biota of North America Program, 2014 state-level distribution map
  4. ^ a b Flora of China, 矮小假苦菜 ai xiao jia ku cai Askellia pygmaea (Ledebour) Sennikov, Komarovia. 5: 86. 2008.
  5. ^ Flora of North America, Dwarf alpine hawksbeard, Crepis nana Richardson