The geographic patterns of morphologic variability as well as both chloroplast and nuclear DNA markers in Microseris douglasii have been studied by K. Bachmann and J. Battjes (1994) and D. Roelofs and K. Bachmann (1997). Four chloroplast types were identified, two of which were derived by introgression from M. bigelovii or its ancestor. Plants in nature are highly inbred and genetically homozygous, as proposed earlier by K. L. Chambers (1955). Subspecies platycarpha stands well apart in these studies; subsp. tenella is not differentiated molecularly from subsp. douglasii.