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Annual to perennial herb [( shrub)], armed or not.
Stem: generally branched.
Leaf: simple, generally in basal rosettes and cauline, generally opposite, ± fused around stem, entire, toothed, or pinnately lobed or dissected, petioled or not; stipules 0.
Inflorescence: head, terminal, on long peduncle, many-flowered, dense, ± spheric or cylindric, subtended by involucre; each flower generally ± enclosed by involucel of 1–2 generally fused bractlets, this generally expanded above or in fruit, generally subtended by 1 receptacle bract.
Flower: bisexual, ± bilateral, especially outermost; calyx limb cup-shaped or divided into 4–5(10) linear or bristle-like segments; corolla ± funnel-shaped, lobes 4–5, < tube, generally unequal; stamens generally 4, attached to corolla tube, alternate lobes; ovary inferior, 1-chambered, style ± exserted from corolla, stigma generally 2-lobed.
Fruit: achene, enclosed by sometimes enlarged involucel, generally topped by persistent calyx.
10–11 genera, 270–350 species: Eur to e Asia, c&s Africa; several cultivated for ornamental. [Caputo et al. 2004 Plant Syst Evol 246:163–175] —Scientific Editor: Thomas J. Rosatti.
1. Plant armed with prickles or spines; involucre bracts > flowers, stiff; calyx, corolla 4-parted ..... DIPSACUS
1' Plant unarmed; involucre bracts generally < flowers, flexible; calyx, corolla 5-parted ..... SCABIOSA
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