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Perennial herb from taprooted caudex. Stem: 1–several, erect. Leaf: basal and cauline, alternate or opposite; petioles short to long; blades generally 3-veined, linear to ± ovate, entire, ± scabrous. Inflorescence: heads radiate, 1–few, in cyme-like cluster; peduncles long, bracts 0–few, leaf-like; involucre hemispheric; phyllaries in 2–3 series, free; receptacle flat to ± convex, paleate, paleae folded around ovary, entire, obtuse, tip hairy. Ray flower: sterile; corolla yellow; style 0. Disk flower: many; corolla and anthers yellow or purple; style tips short-triangular. Fruit: thick or compressed; pappus 0 or 2 awns 1–2 mm (sometimes also crown of low scales).
9 species: western North America. (Latin: diminutive of Helianthus) [Weber 2006 FNANM 21:114–117]

Key to Helianthella

1. Outer phyllaries generally enlarged, leaf-like, incurved; involucre 2.5–4 cm diam; fruit center thick, edge thin ..... H. castanea

1' Outer phyllaries seldom enlarged or leaf-like, not incurved; involucre generally (1)1.5–2 cm diam; fruit compressed, thin ..... H. californica

2. Pappus 0; stem branched; cauline leaves generally opposite ..... var. californica

2' Pappus present; stem generally unbranched; cauline leaves generally alternate

3. Disk generally 1.5–2 cm diam; pappus generally of 2 awns or narrow scales, 1–2 mm, and crown of short scales; leaf blades oblong- or lance-linear, (1.5)2–4(4.5) cm wide, heads generally 2–3 ..... var. nevadensis

3' Disk generally 1–1.5 cm diam; pappus generally of 2 awns, 1 mm; leaf blades linear to lance-linear (narrowly ovate), 3–6(18) mm wide; heads generally 1 ..... var. shastensis


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