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Tetraneuris acaulis (Stemless four-nerve daisy)
Smith, R.W.

Tetraneuris acaulis

Tetraneuris acaulis (Pursh) Greene

Stemless Four-nerve Daisy, Stemless Hymenoxys, Bitterweed

Asteraceae (Aster Family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)

From tufted basal leaves grow short leafless flower stalks ending with one yellow flower head.

This common species is highly variable, reaching its greatest complexity in Wyoming and western Colorado. A few plants may lack rays, some are very hairy, others nearly hairless; most have no stems below the flower stalk, but some do.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Size Notes: Up to about 1 foot tall.
Fruit: Fruit is a cypsela (pl. cypselae). Though technically incorrect, the fruit is often referred to as an achene.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct


USA: AZ , CA , CO , ID , KS , MT , ND , NE , NM , NV , OK , SD , TX , UT , WY
Canada: SK
Native Distribution: S. Idaho to se. California; eastward to Texas, Ohio, North Dakota, and c. Canada.
Native Habitat: Open dry hillsides and dry plains.

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Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Tetraneuris acaulis in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Tetraneuris acaulis in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Tetraneuris acaulis


Record Modified: 2023-01-27
Research By: TWC Staff

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