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Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Cladus: Asterids
Cladus: Campanulids
Ordo: Asterales

Familia: Asteraceae
Subfamilia: Asteroideae
Tribus: Astereae
Subtribus: Astranthiinae
Genus: Townsendia
Species: T. annua – T. aprica – T. beamanii – T. condensata – T. eximia – T. exscapa – T. fendleri – T. florifer – T. formosa – T. glabella – T. goodrichii – T. grandiflora – T. gypsophila – T. hookeri – T. incana – T. jonesii – T. leptotes – T. mensana – T. mexicana – T. microcephala – T. mimina – T. montana – T. parryi – T. rothrockii – T. scapigera – T. smithii – T. spathulata – T. strigosa – T. texensis

Townsendia Hook.

Hooker, W.J., Flora Boreali-Americana (Hooker) 2(7): 16, pl. 119. 1834.


International Plant Names Index. 2017. Townsendia. Published online. Accessed: Dec. 04 2017.
The Plant List 2013. Townsendia in The Plant List Version 1.1. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2017 Dec. 04. 2017. Townsendia. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2017 Dec. 04.
Hassler, M. 2017. Townsendia. World Plants: Synonymic Checklists of the Vascular Plants of the World In: Roskovh, Y., Abucay, L., Orrell, T., Nicolson, D., Bailly, N., Kirk, P., Bourgoin, T., DeWalt, R.E., Decock, W., De Wever, A., Nieukerken, E. van, Zarucchi, J. & Penev, L., eds. 2017. Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2017 Dec. 04. Reference page.

Vernacular names
English: Townsend daisy

Townsendia is a genus of North American plants in the aster tribe within the daisy family.[2][3]

The genus is known commonly as Townsend daisies.[4] These annual, biennial and perennial wildflowers are native to western North America, frequently at high elevations. A number of taxa are tall, erect plants, like typical daisies. Others form small, dense, leafy rosettes, or have a more sprawling, prostrate appearance. Frequently, the flower heads are showy and attractive, with the ray florets in shades of pink, purple, blue, white, and, rarely, yellow.[5]

The genus name honors Pennsylvania botanist David Townsend, 1787–1858.[2][5]


Townsendia alpigena - Wyoming Townsend daisy - WY
Townsendia annua - annual Townsend daisy - AZ UT CO NM TX
Townsendia aprica - Last Chance Townsend daisy - UT
Townsendia condensata - cushion Townsend daisy - UT CA WY ID MT ALB
Townsendia eximia - NM CO
Townsendia exscapa - stemless Townsend daisy - BC ALB SAS MAN IDMT ND SD NE WY CO KS OK TX NM AZ NV UT
Townsendia fendleri - AZ NM CO
Townsendia florifer - showy Townsend daisy - WA OR NV IDMT WY
Townsendia formosa - AZ NM Chihuahua
Townsendia glabella - CO
Townsendia grandiflora - SD NE WY CO NM
Townsendia gypsophila - gypsum-loving Townsend daisy - NM
Townsendia hookeri - BC ALB SAS MT IDWY CO UT ND SD NE
Townsendia incana - hoary Townsend daisy - AZ NM NV UT CO WY MT
Townsendia jonesii - AZ NV UT
Townsendia leptotes - common Townsend daisy - CA AZ NM NV UT CO WY MT ID
Townsendia mensana - UT
Townsendia mexicana - Coahuila, Nuevo León, Hidalgo, México State, Zacatecas
Townsendia microcephala - WY
Townsendia montana - MT ID OR WY UT CO
Townsendia nuttalli - Nuttall's Townsend daisy - WY
Townsendia parryi - Parry's Townsend daisy - BC ALB MT ID WY OR NV
Townsendia rothrockii - Rothrock's Townsend daisy - CO
Townsendia scapigera - tufted Townsend daisy - CA NV UT ID OR
Townsendia smithii - Black Rock Townsend daisy - AZ
Townsendia spathulata - sword Townsend daisy - MT WY
Townsendia strigosa - NM AZ UT CO WY
Townsendia texensis - Texas Townsend daisy - OK TX

formerly included

see Xylorhiza

Townsendia wrightii - Xylorhiza wrightii


Flann, C (ed) 2009+ Global Compositae Checklist Archived 2014-11-06 at
Hooker, William Jackson. 1834. Flora Boreali-Americana 2(7): 16 description in Latin, commentary in English
Hooker, William Jackson. 1834. Flora Boreali-Americana 2(7): plate CXIX (119) full-page line drawings of Townsendia sericea, syn of T. exscapa
"Townsendia". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 11 December 2015.
Flora of North America, Vol. 20 Page 193 Townsendia Hooker, Fl. Bor.-Amer. 2: 16, plate 119. 1834.
The Plant List search for Townsendia
Biota of North America Program 2013 county distribution maps

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