Largeflower wirelettuce, woodland wirelettuce, creeping wire lettuce
North California, south Oregon and northwest Nevada
Forests, hillsides, sandy places; 3,600 to 7,500 feet
Narrowly lanceolate to linear, up to 3 inches long, entire or toothed
Stephanomeria lactucina is found mostly in pine and fir forests at medium elevations, in the northern Sierra Nevada, the Cascade Range and adjacent mountains. The narrow, greyish green leaves grow around the base and on the stem, and usually have a few large, well-separated teeth along the edges. Plants generally produce just one stem, dividing at intervals, with the branches pointing upwards. Leaves and stem lack hairs.
Branches are topped by a single flowerhead, formed of seven to ten ligulate (ray-like) florets, rich pink in color. Florets are partly divided into small lobes at the tip. A light pink, tubular style rises from the base of each ligule. The involucre is ringed by two rows of purplish phyllaries.