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This text currently parallels The Jepson Manual: Vascular Plants of California, Second Edition that is now available at the University of California Press.
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Annual 1–10(15) dm.
Stem: ± erect.
Leaf: mostly cauline, proximal opposite, most alternate, ± sessile; blade narrowly elliptic to linear or proximal oblanceolate to spoon-shaped, entire or proximal sometimes toothed, coarse-, soft-, or silky-hairy or strigose, all or distal sometimes also stalked- glandular.
Inflorescence: heads radiate, in tight groups or ± panicle-like clusters; involucre 3–6+ mm diam, ± hemispheric or obovoid to obconic, sometimes subtended by calyx-like set of bracts; phyllaries 5 in 1 series, linear to oblanceolate, each wholly enveloping a subtended ray ovary, spreading and falling with fruit, coarsely long-straight-hairy to minutely coarse-hairy or scabrous on angles; receptacle flat to convex, densely bristly; paleae in ring between ray and disk flowers, fused or free, scarious.
Ray flower: 5; corolla yellow, ray fan-shaped, deeply lobed, abaxially often red- to purple-veined.
Disk flower: 6, staminate; corolla yellow, tube < throat, lobes deltate; anthers ± dark purple, tips triangular- ovate to ± rounded; style glabrous proximal to undivided, awl-shaped, short-hairy tip.
Fruit: ray fruit ± compressed front-to-back, glabrous, black, tip beakless, pappus 0; disk fruit 0, pappus 0.
4 species: CA, to WA, MT, NV. (Greek: hare leaf, for soft-hairy leaves) [Baldwin & Strother 2006 FNANM 21:260–261] Easily overlooked; leaves wither early, heads close at mid-day.
Unabridged references: [Thompson 1983 Ph.D. Dissertation, Univ of California, Davis; Baldwin & Strother 2006 FNANM 21:260–261]
1. Ray 3–6 mm; leaves ± gray, distal stalked-glandular abaxially, glands generally ± white or yellow, sometimes golden-brown; stem glandless; heads in tight groups or open, panicle-like clusters; calyx-like bracts subtending involucre 2–5; phyllaries coarsely long-straight-hairy on angles ..... L. ramosissima
1' Ray (4)7–13 mm; leaves green or gray-green, distal glandless or stalked-glandular, glands yellow, golden, ± white, or purple; stem glandless or distally stalked-glandular; heads in panicle-like clusters; calyx-like bracts subtending involucre 0 or 2–5; phyllaries scabrous or minutely coarsely hairy to coarsely long-straight-hairy on angles
2. Main stem axis obvious; distal leaves stalked-glandular, glands yellow or golden; calyx-like bracts subtending involucre 3–5; involucre obconic; phyllaries minutely coarsely hairy to coarsely long-straight-hairy on angles, hairs 0.3–1+ mm, ± widely spreading or curved toward phyllary tip ..... L. glandulosa
2' Main stem axis often not obvious, ± zigzag; distal leaves glandless or stalked-glandular, most glands purple, some yellow; calyx-like bracts subtending involucre 0 or 2–3; involucre ± hemispheric to obovoid; phyllaries ± minutely coarsely hairy or scabrous or coarsely long-straight-hairy on angles, hairs 0.1–1+ mm, ± curved toward phyllary tip
3. Phyllaries 4–6.5 mm, ± minutely coarsely hairy to scabrous on angles, hairs 0.1–0.6 mm; fruit dull ..... L. dichotoma
3' Phyllaries 4–5 mm, coarsely long-straight-hairy on angles, hairs 0.5–1+ mm; fruit shiny ..... L. minor
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