North America species range map for Dieteria canescens:
North American range map courtesy of Virginia Tech, Dept. of Forest Resources & Environmental Conservation
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U.S. Weed Information: In North America Dieteria canescens can be weedy or invasive according to the following authoritative sources:
Weeds of the West.
Plants included here may become weedy or invasive.
Wetland Indicator: Unknown
Invasive/Noxious Weed Information: Unknown
Threatened/Endangered Information: Unknown
Genus Information: In North America, according to Flora of North America there are 3 species and 13 accepted taxa overall for Dieteria. Worldwide, The Plant List includes 2 accepted species names and a further 60 scientific names of infraspecific rank for the genus.
There are 2 sub-species in Machaeranthera (=Dieteria) canescens and 11 varieties;
Machaeranthera canescens ssp. canescens, with 8 varieties
Machaeranthera canescens ssp. glabra, with 3 varieties
Comments: Hoary Tansyaster is a common species that was recently re-classified from Machaeranthera to Dieteria. Hoary Tansyaster is highly variable across its range and similar in appearance to several Machaeranthera species but particularly similar in appearance to Tansyleaf Tansyaster, Machaeranthera tanacetifolia. However, in general, Hoary Tansyaster has leaves that are linear or lanceolate and not pinnatifid.
Dieteria canescns flowers and plants may be visited by hummingbirds and/or small mammals in search of food, nectar or cover.
Special Value to Native Bees, Butterflies and Insects
Dieteria canescens is likely visited by butterflies, bees and small insects.
The genus Dieteria (Dieter'ia:) according to David Hollombe, Thomas Nuttall, who was the publisher of the genus, indicated that he intended the meaning of this name to relate to the biennial habit of the type species. It is derived from the Greek di-, “two or twice,” and etesios, “yearly, annual”.
The genus Dieteria was published by Thomas Nuttall in 1840.
The species epithet canescens (canes'cens:) means covered with short gray or white hairs as in the botanical definition canescent.
Dieteria (=Machaeranthera) canescens was used for many medicinal purposes by United States indigenous peoples.
Navajo Drug, Nose Medicine, Throat Aid; Dried and pulverized plant used as a snuff for nose troubles and Dried and pulverized plant used as a snuff for throat troubles.
Okanagan-Colville Drug, Witchcraft Medicine; Used for witchcraft.
Zuni Drug, Emetic; Infusion of whole plant taken and rubbed on abdomen as an emetic.
Paiute Drug, Throat Aid; Poultice of mashed leaves applied to swollen jaw or neck glands.
Shoshoni Drug, Analgesic and Blood Medicine and as a Cathartic; Decoction of fresh or dried leaves taken for headaches and Decoction of whole plant taken as a blood tonic and as a Warm infusion of plant tops taken as a physic.
Shoshoni Drug, Eye Medicine and as a Tonic;Infusion of scraped roots used as an eyewash and a Decoction of whole plant was taken as a blood tonic.
Hopi Drug, Gynecological Aid and Stimulant; Decoction of plant taken by parturient women for any disorder as a Decoction of plant was taken as a strong stimulant.
See complete listing of ethno-botanical uses at Native American Ethnobotany, University of Michigan, Dearborn.