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Chaenactis fremontii flower 1.jpg
Chaenactis fremontii
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Tribe: Heliantheae
Genus: Chaenactis

Chaenactis is a genus of plants in the daisy family which are known generally as pincushions or dustymaidens.[2][3]

These wildflowers are native to western North America, especially the desert southwest of the United States. They are quite variable in appearance. They are generally aster-like in appearance with many disc florets in each head. There may be only disc florets, but sometimes there are also enlarged ray florets along the edges of the corolla. They may be white to yellow or pink.[4]


Species include:[1][5][6]

  1. Chaenactis alpigena — Southern Sierra pincushion; California, Nevada.
  2. Chaenactis artemisiifolia — White pincushion; California, Baja California.
  3. Chaenactis carphoclinia — Pebble pincushion; California, Baja California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, New Mexico.
  4. Chaenactis cusickiiOregon, Idaho.
  5. Chaenactis douglasii — Douglas' dustymaiden; California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota. Montana Idaho Oregon Washington British Columbia Alberta
  6. Chaenactis evermannii — Idaho.
  7. Chaenactis fremontii — Fremont's pincushion; California, Baja California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah.
  8. Chaenactis furcata — Baja California.
  9. Chaenactis glabriuscula — Yellow pincushion; California, Baja California.
  10. Chaenactis lacera — Baja California, Baja California Sur
  11. Chaenactis macrantha — Bighead dustymaiden; California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Idaho, Oregon.
  12. Chaenactis nevadensis — Nevada dustymaiden; California, Nevada.
  13. Chaenactis nevii — Oregon
  14. Chaenactis parishii — Parish's dustymaiden; California, Baja California.
  15. Chaenactis santolinoides - Santolina dustymaiden; California.
  16. Chaenactis stevioides — Esteve's pincushion; California, Baja California, Baja California Sur, Nevada, Arizona, Sonora, Utah, Idaho, Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, New York State.
  17. Chaenactis suffrutescens — Shasta dustymaiden; California, Oregon.
  18. Chaenactis thompsoniiWashington
  19. Chaenactis xantiana — Mojave pincushion; California, Baja California, Nevada, Arizona, Oregon.


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