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Bruce G. Baldwin

Annual 1–12 dm, aromatic. Stem: ± erect. Leaf: proximal opposite or in rosette, generally withered before flower, most alternate, sessile, linear to oblanceolate, serrate, or minutely so, or entire, coarse-hairy to strigose, silky-, or ± shaggy-hairy, distal sometimes also stalked-glandular and/or gland-dotted, tips of distal leaves generally each with a pit-gland. Inflorescence: heads radiate, 1 or in ± flat-topped, panicle-, raceme-, or spike-like clusters or in tight groups; peduncle bracts each with terminal pit-gland; involucre ± obconic or bell-shaped to ± spheric, 4–8+ mm diam; phyllaries 3–16 in 1 series, elliptic, oblanceolate, or obovate, each generally 1/2 enveloping a subtended ray ovary, falling with fruit, abaxially with pit-gland-tipped cylindrical outgrowths and glabrous or ± shaggy, bristly, and/or sessile- or stalked-glandular; receptacle flat to convex, glabrous; paleae subtending all or most disk flowers. Ray flower: 3–16; corolla yellow, ray 4–6.5 mm, lobes 1/8–1/2 length of ray, ± parallel. Disk flower: 9–90, some bisexual, most staminate; corolla 2.5–5 mm, yellow, tube <= throat, lobes deltate; anthers yellow to ± brown or ± red to dark purple, tips ovate to ovate-deltate; style glabrous proximal to branches, tips awl-shaped to bristle-like, densely hairy. Fruit: ray fruit ± 2.5–4 mm, nearly round in ×-section (except ± flattened adaxially) or ± 3- angled (abaxially generally ± widely 2-faced, adaxially ± flattened to slightly bulging), glabrous, tip beaked, beak adaxial, ascending, pappus 0; disk fruit ± club-shaped, glabrous, tip beakless, pappus 0.
4 species: California. (Greek: whole chaff, for bracts throughout receptacle) [Baldwin & Strother 2006 FNANM 21:287–289] ± identical forms often intersterile in Holocarpha heermannii and Holocarpha virgata. Self-sterile.
Unabridged disk flower: anther bases sagittate.
Unabridged references: [Palmer 1982 Ph.D. Dissertation, Univ of California, Davis]

Key to Holocarpha

1. Anthers yellow to ± brown

2. Stem notably stalked-glandular; phyllaries each with 25–50 pit-gland-tipped outgrowths and minutely sessile- or stalked-glandular and puberulent or minutely bristly; involucre bell-shaped to ± spheric; heads 1 or in panicle- or raceme-like clusters ..... H. heermannii

2' Stem resinous distally, not notably stalked-glandular; phyllaries each with (0)5–15(20) pit-gland-tipped outgrowths and generally glabrous or minutely sessile- or stalked-glandular (bristly); involucre ± obconic to ± spheric; heads in flat-topped or panicle-like clusters ..... H. obconica

1' Anthers ± red to dark purple

3. Heads 1, in tight groups, or in spike-like clusters of tight groups; ray flowers 8–16; disk flowers 40–90 ..... H. macradenia

3' Heads 1, at ends of branches, or in ± raceme- to spike-like clusters; ray flowers 3–8; disk flowers 9–25+ ..... H. virgata

4. Stem branches ± upcurved, ± pliable; peduncles 0–5(15) cm ..... subsp. elongata

4' Stem branches ± straight, ± rigid; peduncles 0–5+ cm ..... subsp. virgata


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