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David J. Keil & Theodore M. Barkley

Shrub or small tree generally <= 3 m, broom-like; herbage scented. Stem: erect, much-branched. Leaf: alternate, thread- to needle- or scale-like, entire. Inflorescence: heads discoid, in raceme- or panicle-like clusters at branch tips; involucre cylindric to obconic; phyllaries graduated in 2–4 series; receptacle ± flat, epaleate. Ray flower: 0. Disk flower: 4–17; corolla yellow, tube long, throat abruptly wider, lobes long; anther base sagittate to tailed, tip ± lanceolate; style branches long, tip conic or hair-tufted. Fruit: ± fusiform; pappus of many barbed bristles in 3–4 series.
3 species: western North America. (Greek: scale-broom) [Strother 2006 FNANM 20:632–634]
Unabridged references: [Strother 1978 North America Fl II 10:171–173]

Key to Lepidospartum

1. Leaves of flower-stem 20–30 mm, thread- or needle-like; flowers 4–6 per head; fruit densely hairy between veins ..... L. latisquamum

1' Leaves of flower-stem 2–3 mm, scale-like; flowers 9–17 per head; fruit ± glabrous ..... L. squamatum


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