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The plant is endemic to California, where it is only known from the western slopes of the northern Sierra Nevada foothills. Small populations are found in Yuba, Tuolumne, and Butte Counties, and in the Pine Hill Ecological Reserve in El Dorado County.
Packera layneae is a perennial herb producing an erect stem or a small cluster of stems up to 70 centimeters tall. The thick leaves have wide lance-shaped blades a few centimeters long which are borne on long petioles; smaller leaves occur farther up the stems.
The plant faces several threats and was federally listed as a threatened species in 1996.
The plant grows in chaparral and woodlands habitats that are dependent on a fire ecology of periodic wildfires. Fire suppression efforts alter available sunlight for germination and ongoing growth, and delay the natural 'biomass maintenance' of all plants in this ecosystem. Other threats include development, mining, off-road vehicle use, grazing, and the increasing presence of invasive plants.
- List of plants of the Sierra Nevada (U.S.)
- Flora of the Sierra Nevada (U.S.)
- Natural history of the California chaparral and woodlands
- CNPS−California Native Plant Society: Inventory Plant Detail for Packera layneae
- USFWS. Determination of endangered status for four plants and threatened status for one plant from the Central Sierran Foothills of California. Federal Register October 18, 1996.
- California Native Plant Society Rare Plant Profile
- Jepson Manual Treatment of Packera layneae
- USDA Plants Profile for Packera layneae
- Flora of North America: Packera layneae
- Packera layneae — UC Photos gallery
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