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Perennial herb, taprooted or roots tuberous; glabrous to hairy. Stem: 0 or short. Leaf: blade oblong to obovate, 1–2-pinnate or -ternate, leaflets wide, margins entire to pinnately lobed. Inflorescence: umbels compound, terminal; peduncle generally > leaf; bracts generally 0; involucel 1-sided; bractlets inconspicuous to leaf-like; rays, pedicels few to many, ascending to reflexed, generally few fertile. Flower: calyx lobes occasionally 0; petals wide, yellow, tips narrowed; styles slender; ovary tip projection inconspicuous. Fruit: oblong to round, ± compressed side-to-side, glabrous; ribs prominent to thread-like, ± equal, unwinged; oil tubes several per rib-interval; fruit axis generally divided ± to base. Seed: face generally grooved or concave.
± 35 species: western North America to northern South America. (I.F. Tausch, Czech botanist, 1793–1848)

Key to Tauschia

1. Peduncle generally < leaf; bractlets large, >> umbels, wide, sharply pinnately lobed, leaf-like ..... T. howellii

1' Peduncle > leaf; bractlets small, < to ± > umbels, narrow, ± entire, not leaf-like

2. Fruit oblong to narrowly elliptic, ribs prominent, acute, ± wing-like; leaf ± leathery

3. Leaf 1-pinnate; rays unequal, spreading-ascending ..... T. arguta

3' Leaf 2-pinnate; rays ± equal, spreading, reflexed ..... T. parishii

2' Fruit ± round, ribs low, obtuse, thread-like; leaf not leathery

4. Plant glabrous, smooth; rays 5–12; pedicel 1–3 mm ..... T. glauca

4' Plant minutely scabrous; rays 10–30; pedicel 2–15 mm

5. Generally several bractlets > flowers, fruits; fruit 4–7 mm, 4–5 mm wide ..... T. hartwegii

5' Generally all bractlets < flowers, fruits; fruit 3–5 mm, 4–6 mm wide ..... T. kelloggii


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