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Packera paupercula (Michx.) Á. Löve & D. Löve
balsam groundsel

General Information
Symbol: PAPA20
Group: Dicot
Family: Asteraceae
Duration: Perennial
Growth Habit: Forb/herb
Native Status: CAN   N
L48   N
AK   N
Data Source and Documentation
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Native Status:
lower 48 status L48    Alaska status AK    Hawaii status HI    Puerto Rico status PR    Virgin Islands status VI    Canada status CAN    Greenland status GL    Saint Pierre and Michelon status SPM   


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Symbol Scientific Name
SEGA3 Senecio gaspensis Greenm.
SEPAC Senecio pauperculus Michx. var. crawfordii (Britton) T.M. Barkley
SEPAF2 Senecio pauperculus Michx. var. firmifolius (Greenm.) Greenm.
SEBA4 Senecio balsamitae Muhl. ex Willd.
SEPAP Senecio pauperculus Michx. var. praelongus (Greenm.) House
SETW Senecio tweedyi Rydb.
SEPAN2 Senecio pauperculus Michx. var. neoscoticus Fernald
SEPA5 Senecio pauperculus Michx.
SEPAT Senecio pauperculus Michx. var. thompsoniensis (Greenm.) B. Boivin
SECR6 Senecio crawfordii (Britton) G.W. Douglas & G. Ruyle-Douglas
SEPAB Senecio pauperculus Michx. var. balsamitae (Muhl. ex Willd.) Fernald
SEGAF Senecio gaspensis Greenm. var. firmifolius (Greenm.) Fernald


Click on a scientific name below to expand it in the PLANTS Classification Report.
Rank Scientific Name and Common Name
Kingdom Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Subclass Asteridae
Order Asterales
Family Asteraceae ⁄ Compositae – Aster family
Genus Packera Á. Löve & D. Löve – ragwort
Species Packera paupercula (Michx.) Á. Löve & D. Löve – balsam groundsel

Subordinate Taxa

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Legal Status

Threatened and Endangered Information:
This plant is listed by the U.S. federal government or a state. Common names are from state and federal lists. Click on a place name to get a complete protected plant list for that location.
Senecio pauperculus
New Hampshire
Senecio pauperculus
dwarf ragwort
Senecio pauperculus
balsam squaw-weed

Wetland Status

Interpreting Wetland Status

Top Level Regions
Alaska FAC
Arid West FACW
Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain FACW
Eastern Mountains and Piedmont FAC
Great Plains FAC
Midwest FAC
Northcentral & Northeast FAC
Western Mountains, Valleys, and Coast FACW



Source Large Mammals Small Mammals Water Birds Terrestrial Birds


Source Large Mammals Small Mammals Water Birds Terrestrial Birds

Description of Values

Value Class Food Cover