Senecio amplectens variety amplectens
Asteraceae (Sunflower Family)
Subalpine, alpine. Woodlands, openings. Summer. .
This is a common, very cheerful Sunflower that grows scattered or in small patches in high mountain mid-summer. It grows very straight and upright, but its flowers demurely nod. Flower rays are a bright lemon-yellow and ray tips are pointed. Leaves are mainly basal, long, narrow, and may be relatively smooth-margined or toothed.
"Amplect" is "to embrace", " to clasp", referring to the way in which the base of the leaves clasps the stems.
Asa Gray named this plant Senecio amplectens in 1862 from a specimen collected by Charles Parry in Colorado.