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Specimen numbers are hyperlinked to records in the Consortium of California Herbaria data view where possible. Taxa are hyperlinked to entries in the Jepson Interchange via the "[Online Interchange]" link.


H. congesta DC.
Annual 5–80 cm, often aromatic. Stem: ± erect. Leaf: basal and cauline, proximal opposite or in rosette, sometimes persistent, most alternate, sessile, 5–18+ cm, 2–8(12) mm wide, narrowly elliptic to linear or lance-linear, minutely serrate or entire, generally puberulent or coarse- to silky-hairy, distal often also stalked-glandular. Inflorescence: heads radiate, 1 or in ± panicle-, raceme-, or spike-like clusters or in tight groups; involucre hemispheric to ± urn-shaped or spheric, 3–8+ mm diam (rarely subtended by calyx-like set of 5–7 bractlets); phyllaries 5–14 in 1 series, linear to lanceolate or oblanceolate, each generally 1/2 enveloping a subtended ray ovary, falling with fruit, 3.5–12 mm, coarse- or soft-hairy, stalked-glandular; receptacle flat to conic, glabrous; paleae fused, forming cells around each disk flower, scarious, ± liquifying. Ray flower: 5–14; corolla white or yellow, ray 5–12 mm, often purple-veined abaxially. Disk flower: 5–60+, staminate; corolla 2.5–3.5 mm, white or yellow, tube < throat, lobes deltate; anthers ± dark purple, tips widely ovate to ovate-deltate; style glabrous proximal to branches, tips lanceolate to awl-shaped, densely hairy. Fruit: ray fruit 2–3.5 mm, nearly round in ×-section (except ± flattened adaxially) or ± 3- angled (abaxially generally ± widely 2-faced, adaxially ± flattened to slightly bulging), glabrous, black, tip sometimes beaked, beak inconspicuous, straight, diam > length, pappus 0; disk fruit 0, pappus 0.
2n=28. Self-sterile. [Online Interchange]
Unabridged disk flower: anther bases cordate-sagittate to sagittate.

Key to Hemizonia congesta

1. Heads generally nearly sessile along well-developed side branches of flowering stems; ray white, purple-veined abaxially

2. Peduncle bracts and calyx-like bracts subtending head often much exceeding phyllaries; phyllaries 6–12 mm, tips generally > bodies; fruit width 0.5–0.6 × length ..... subsp. calyculata

2' Peduncle bracts not or barely exceeding phyllaries, calyx-like bracts subtending head 0; phyllaries 3–7 mm, tips generally < bodies; fruit width 0.6–0.75 × length ..... subsp. clevelandii

1' Heads generally terminating elongate side branches of flowering stems or ± sessile in tight groups; ray white or yellow, purple-veined abaxially or not

3. Leaves generally puberulent or minutely bristly or strigose and nonglandular, distal rarely long-soft-hairy and glandular; ray white, not purple-veined abaxially except North Coast; heads in panicle-like cluster ..... subsp. tracyi

3' Leaves short-hairy, ± shaggy, or silky-hairy, all or distal glandular; ray white or yellow, purple-veined abaxially; heads in panicle-like cluster or in tight groups

4. Leaves ± shaggy, hairs at margins often longer on distal leaves; some or all heads generally in tight groups, sometimes in flat-topped or panicle-like cluster; phyllaries 6–10 mm, tips generally > bodies; ray white ..... subsp. congesta

4' Leaves short-hairy, ± shaggy, or silky-hairy, hairs at margins not notably longer on distal leaves; heads in panicle-like cluster; phyllaries 3–7(8) mm, tips generally < bodies; ray white or yellow

5. Ray yellow ..... subsp. lutescens

5' Ray white ..... subsp. luzulifolia


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