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Annual 5–80 cm, ± woolly.
Stem: erect to ascending, occasionally decumbent.
Leaf: opposite proximally, alternate distally, linear to (ob) lanceolate or ovate, entire to wavy- dentate or shallowly lobed.
Inflorescence: heads 1 or in cyme-like clusters, radiate (± disciform); involucre hemispheric; phyllaries 4–11 in 1 series, free or fused into lobed cup, tips black-hairy; receptacle convex to conic, smooth or pitted, epaleate.
Ray flower: 1 per phyllary; corolla generally yellow, with small lobe opposite ray.
Disk flower: 20–100; corolla yellow; lobes 4–5, with glandless and/or glandular hairs; anther tip elliptic-oblong or ovate; style tips oblong, appendages ± deltate, papillate.
Fruit: ± obconic, ray fruit 3-angled, disk fruit 2- or 4-angled; pappus 0 or 2–7 persistent scales.
5 species: CA. (Greek: single husk, from phyllaries) [Johnson 2006 FNANM 21:349–351]
Unabridged references: [Johnson 1991 Novon 1:119–124]
1. Heads ± disciform; ray 0–0.5 mm; disk fruit 2-angled; disk pappus of 2–7 scales ..... M. congdonii
1' Heads radiate; ray 2–20 mm; disk fruit 4-angled; disk pappus 0
2. Ray entire to slightly toothed, or middle lobe < outer
3. Fr glabrous or sparsely hairy, ± 2 mm; branches ± spreading, generally near top of plant ..... M. gracilens
3' Fr ± uniformly gray-strigose, 2.5–3 mm; branches ± erect ..... M. stricta
2' Ray ± equally 3-lobed
4. Fr ± uniformly gray-strigose; phyllaries free to ± 1/2 fused ..... M. lanceolata
4' Fr ± glabrous or hairs concentrated at top; phyllaries fused into cup with triangular lobes ..... M. major
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