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Eriophyllum lanatum is moderately widely distributed in western North America. This subshrub occurs at elevations less than 4000 meters from California north to British Columbia and eastward to Montana, Wyoming, Nevada. The species is found in a variety of dry habitats.

Also known as the Common woolly sunflower, this subshrub attains a stature of ten to 100 centimeters. Linear to ovate Leaves are one to eight centimeters long, generally glabrous above. The inflorescence may have a single to five or more heads. There are 20 to 300 disk flowers, with corollae measuring 2.5 to 5.0 millimeters across. Fruits are generally variable, but typically measure two to five mm.

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