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James D. Morefield

Annual 0.5–10(20 cm), ± green to gray, woolly to cobwebby. Stem: 0, or 1, erect, or 2–10, ± decumbent to ascending, generally unbranched or branched proximally, equally or more leafy distally. Leaf: alternate, sessile or petioled, oblanceolate to spoon-shaped, entire, base ± yellow, ± hard; distal leaves subtending heads, ± crowded, largest >= proximal leaves. Inflorescence: heads disciform, sessile, single or 2–40+ per group; involucre 0, simulated by paleae or leaves; receptacle length 0.8–1.3 or 4–6 × width, ± conic, acuminate, bristly; paleae of pistillate flowers open, lanceolate to obovate, acute, flat to concave or ± folded, persistent, ± glabrous, obscurely parallel-veined, veins 5+, margin ± continuous, thinned but scarcely winged; paleae of disk flowers generally 5, ± enlarged, erect proximally, erect to spreading distally, open, obovate, obtuse, cartilaginous, proximally ± yellow, distally green and tomentose adaxially. Pistillate flower: (3)5–25, all subtended by paleae; corolla obscure, narrowly cylindric. Disk flower: staminate, 2–6(12); pappus 0; corolla (3)4(5)-lobed, ± bilateral; anther base tailed, tip ± triangular; style tips ± linear-oblong; pappus 0. Fruit: falling free of paleae, ± obovoid, compressed front-to-back, smooth, dull to ± shiny, corolla scar terminal; pappus 0.
3 species: western California, southern Oregon. (Greek: western Evax) [Morefield 2006 FNANM 19:467–470] Apparent sister of Ancistrocarphus; bristly receptacle unique. Historical California specimens of Diaperia [Evax sect. Diaperia], native central Arizona and eastward, are likely label errors.
Unabridged references: [Morefield 1992 Syst Bot 17:293–310]

Key to Hesperevax

1. Distal heads 3–5 per group, ± terminal, ± cylindric, length 1.8–2.5 × width; groups loose, subtended by generally 1–4 leaves; paleae of disk flowers 0.3–0.4 × head, tips included, ± erect ..... H. sparsiflora

2. Largest leaves 6–12(14) mm, 3–5(6) mm wide; blade ± round, woolly ..... var. brevifolia

2' Largest leaves (10)13–32 mm, 4–8(10) mm wide; blade oblanceolate to obovate, silky-cobwebby ..... var. sparsiflora

1' Distal heads 1 or (2)10–40+ per group, terminal, bell-shaped or ± obconic, length 1–1.5 × width; groups dense, subtended by 6–20 leaves; paleae of disk flowers 0.6–0.9 × head, tips exserted, spreading

3. Longest leaves (25)33–90 mm, 7–20 mm wide; petiole 2–3 × blade, base strongly thickened; heads 10–40+ per group, largest group 10–25 mm wide, subtended by (not mixed with) leaves ..... H. caulescens

3' Longest leaves 4–22(32) mm, < 5 mm wide; petiole 0–1.5 × blade, base scarcely thickened; head generally 1, distal heads rarely 2–8 per group, largest group 3–7 mm wide, mixed with leaves ..... H. acaulis

4. Stem ± erect; largest leaves (9)12–22(32) mm, 2–4(5) mm wide; longest paleae of disk flowers 2.5–3.2 mm ..... var. robustior

4' Stem ± prostrate or 0; largest leaves generally 4–12 mm, 0.5–2 mm wide; longest paleae of disk flowers 1.6–2.4 mm

5. Largest leaves generally 7–12 mm, 0.5–2 mm wide; petiole 0–0.8 × blade; blade oblanceolate, acute ..... var. acaulis

5' Largest leaves generally 4–7 mm, 1–2 mm wide; petiole generally 0.5–1.5 × blade; blade obovate to round, obtuse ..... var. ambusticola


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