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Annual, perennial herb. Stem: erect. Leaf: simple or 1–2 × pinnately lobed or compound, basal or cauline, opposite [alternate], sessile or petioled. Inflorescence: heads radiate, 1 or in cyme-like clusters; peduncles short to long; involucre hemispheric or bell-shaped; phyllaries in 2 series, outer ± spreading, thick, green, inner thin, membranous; receptacle flat to rounded, paleate; paleae flat, scarious. Ray flower: sterile; ray showy, yellow or proximally red-brown and distally yellow. Disk flower: many; corolla 4–5-lobed, yellow to red-brown; style tips truncate to short triangular. Fruit: generally compressed front-to-back, often winged; pappus 0 or of 2 awns or scales.
14–21 species: eastern North America. (Greek: bedbug-like, from fruit) [Kimball & Crawford 2004 Molec Phylogen Evol 33:127–139; Strother 2006 FNANM 21:185–198] Coreopsis wrightii (A. Gray) E.B. Sm. not naturalized in California. Native species moved to Leptosyne.
Unabridged note: Coreopsis, as recognized in TJM (1993), is polyphyletic. Escaped ornamental species in California all belong to a clade from central and eastern North America including the type sp. of Coreopsis, Coreopsis lanceolata. Native California species formerly in Coreopsis form a separate clade, treated here as Leptosyne. Coreopsis wrightii (A. Gray) H.M. Parker ex E.B. Sm. not naturalized in California.

Key to Coreopsis

1. Perennial herb; ray yellow throughout; stem nodes generally 2–5 ..... C. lanceolata

1' Annual; ray yellow or proximally red-brown; stem nodes generally > 5 ..... C. tinctoria


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