El Dorado Mule Ears
(Wyethia reticulata )
Description: Perennial herb reaching 16-28 inches (40-70 cm) tall. Leaf blades 2-6 inches (5-15 cm) long, lanceolate to triangular, with veins on underside. Involucre 3/4-1 1/4 inches (2-3 cm) in diameter, hemispheric to bell-shaped. 10-21 ray flowers that are yellow in color. Flowering head up to 3 1/4 inches (8cm) in diameter. Fruit 1/4 inch (5-6 mm) long and smooth (glabrous).
Distribution: This species occurs only on the Pine Hill gabbro formation of western El Dorado County. From Cameron Park to Salmon Falls, BLM manages a number of areas of habitat for this species.
Habitat: Chaparral, foothill woodland, lower montane coniferous forest, on clay or gabbroic soils from 1000 to 1600 feet (300-500 meters).
Flowering Period: May-July
Status: BLM Sensitive, California Native Plant Society List 1B