Lindley’s False Silverpuffs (Uropappus lindleyi)



  • BC: Red – S1S2 (2019)
  • COSEWIC: Endangered
  • SARA: Endangered (2010)
  • Global: Secure (1990)
  • Galiano Island Status: Confirmed


Small annual herb growing from a slender taproot, with milky sap, yellow flowers, a seeds attached to a dry pappus of 5 silvery scales with hair-like bristles at at the tip.


Grows on dry to very dry sandstone cliffs, steep
open slopes, and open deciduous or coniferous forests.


Found in western North America from Texas to southeastern British Columbia.  In Canada, it grows only in a handful of locations in the Salish Sea.


Habitat degradation by the invasion of non-native plants is the most serious threat to Lindley’s false silverpuffs. Development of ocean view properties has destroyed habitat, although most remaining sites are too steep for development.

Galiano Status

Populations have been documented at Matthew’s Point and Bluffs Park on Galiano Island.

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