Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Howell's Pussytoes + - Antennaria howellii   Greene
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DistributionLimited to the Mountains and foothills, as far as known. Records from just four counties.

Newf. to N.W.T., south to NC, TN, KS, CO, and OR.
AbundanceProbably rare, but more data needed. The several species of Antennaria can be difficult to identify and their taxonomy is unsettled. Thus, the website editors have assigned a loose State Rank of S2? for now, and not suggesting Watch List at the present time. In fact, Weakley (2018) shows the ssp. neodioica as being "common" in both the Mountains and Piedmont; however, without more specimen records to back up this abundance, the editors wish to remain conservative. To back the map below, the ranges of the two varieties on the Digital Atlas of the Virginia Flora are shown to exist only sparingly in the mountains and Piedmont, seemingly rare in both -- though mapping there is also incomplete.
HabitatShaly or calcareous outcrops and bluffs.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting May-June.
IdentificationHowell's Pussytoes grows 6 inches to a foot tall from a basal rosette of leaves, and often also with leafy stolons radiating out from the base. Leaves are oblanceolate or like a spatula, 1-veined, dull brownish green above and densely pale gray hairy beneath. Stem leaves are linear and pointy. Our only other pussytoes with 1-veined leaves is A. neglecta, which has upper surfaces of the leaves gray-hairy.
Taxonomic CommentsA synonym is A. neglecta var. attenuata. Weakley (2018) lists two subspecies in the state -- ssp. neodioica and ssp. petaloidea.

Other Common Name(s)Small Pussytoes
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