Wyethia helenioides

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Wyethia helenioides
Wyethia helenioides.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Genus: Wyethia
Species: W. helenioides
Binomial name
Wyethia helenioides
(DC.) Hutt. [1]

Wyethia helenioides is a species of flowering plants in the sunflower family[2] commonly referred to as gray mule's ears or whitehead mule-ears.


This species occurs chiefly in the California Coast Ranges, Transverse Ranges, Peninsular Ranges, and some areas of the Sierra Nevada foothills in California.


Wyethia helenioides is a short, low growing golden-rayed wildflower, that resemble sunflowers. Typical understory associates in sunny clearings of mixed oak forests in coastal California include Mimulus aurantiacus and Calochortus luteus.[3]


  1. ^ "Wyethia helenioides". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. 
  2. ^ Jepson Manual. 1993
  3. ^ C. Michael Hogan. 2008


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