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Eucephalus ledophyllus
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Dark Divide in Washington
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Mount Rainier National Park
Conservation status

Vulnerable (NatureServe)
Scientific classification
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Astereae
Genus:
Eucephalus
Species:
E. ledophyllus
Binomial name
Eucephalus ledophyllus
(A. Gray) Greene
Synonyms
  • Aster engelmannii var. ledophyllus A. Gray 1872
  • Aster ledophyllus (A. Gray) A. Gray
  • Aster covillei (Greene) S.F.Blake ex M.Peck, syn of var. covillei
  • Eucephalus covillei Greene, syn of var. covillei

Eucephalus ledophyllus is a North American species of flowering plant in the aster family known by the common name Cascade aster. It is native to Washington, Oregon and northern California in the United States, mostly in the Cascade Mountains. Some of the populations are inside national parks and monuments: Mount Rainier National Park, North Cascades National Park, and Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument.

Eucephalus ledophyllus is a perennial herb up to 80 cm (32 inches) tall, with a large woody caudex. One plant will usually produce 3-20 flower heads in a showy array. Each head has 5–21 purple ray florets surrounding numerous yellow disc florets.

Varieties
  • Eucephalus ledophyllus var. covillei (Greene) G.L.Nesom - Oregon, California - flower stalks not cottony
  • Eucephalus ledophyllus var. ledophyllus - Washington, Oregon - flower stalks cottony
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