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Specimen numbers are hyperlinked to records in the Consortium of California Herbaria data view where possible. Taxa are hyperlinked to entries in the Jepson Interchange via the "[Online Interchange]" link.



Geraldine A. Allen & Jeannette Whitton

Biennial or perennial herb [annual]; caudex taprooted. Stem: 0 to erect, < 30 cm. Leaf: basal and/or cauline, alternate, petioled, ± entire. Inflorescence: head radiate, generally 1; involucre bell-shaped to hemispheric; phyllaries in 2–7 series, outer generally < inner, free, margins scarious to ciliate; receptacle flat, epaleate. Ray flower: many; rays white, pink, blue, violet [yellow]. Disk flower: many; corolla ± yellow; style branches flat, tip hairy. Fruit: ± compressed, brown, glabrous to ± hairy; pappus of minutely barbed to ± plumose, generally flat bristles (ray fruit occasionally also with short outer series).
27 species: western North America. (D. Townsend, American botanist, 1787–1858) [Strother 2006 FNANM 20:193–203] Some species reproduce by asexual seed. Townsendia parryi D.C. Eaton not in California.
Unabridged references: [Reveal 1970 Great Basin Naturalist 30:23–52]

Key to Townsendia

1. Leaves long-soft-woolly; pappus readily deciduous ..... T. condensata

1' Leaves ± finely strigose; pappus ± persistent

2. Plant <= 3 cm; peduncles 0–15 mm; fruit glabrous ..... T. leptotes

2' Plant 3–10 cm; peduncles > 30 mm; fruit ± spreading-hairy ..... T. scapigera


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