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David R. Morgan

Annual to subshrub. Stem: 1–several from taproot or ± branched caudex, generally branched distally and ± bushy. Leaf: alternate, entire to irregularly serrate or dentate, proximal tapered at base; teeth generally bristle-tipped. Inflorescence: heads generally radiate, in cyme-like clusters; involucre bell-shaped, hemispheric, or obconic; phyllaries in 3–12 series of unequal length, proximally straw-colored, distally green; receptacle convex, with short, triangular scales, glabrous, epaleate. Ray flower: (0)7–many; corolla white, blue, or purple. Disk flower: 15–generally many; corolla 5.5–8 mm, yellow; anther tip lanceolate; style tips lanceolate. Fruit: 2.5–3.5 mm, generally narrowly obovate, weakly curved and ± flattened, smooth or generally with 5–7 ribs on each face, glabrous or ± silky; pappus 6–8 mm, of many unequal bristles.
3 species: temperate western North America. (Greek: biennial, from duration of type sp.) [Morgan 2006 FNANM 20:395–401]
Unabridged references: [Morgan & Hartman 2003 Sida 20:1387–1416]

Key to Dieteria

1. Ray flowers 0 ..... D. canescens var. shastensis (2)

1' Ray flowers present

2. Phyllary tips acute to long-acuminate, 1–6 mm; phyllaries generally hairy and/or glandular throughout ..... D. asteroides

3. Involucre hemispheric; phyllary tips long-acuminate, 3–6 mm; leaves of mid-stem serrate or minutely serrate ..... var. asteroides

3' Involucre widely obconic to ± hemispheric; phyllary tips acute to short-acuminate, 1–3 mm; leaves of mid-stem entire or nearly so ..... var. lagunensis

2' Phyllary tips acute to short-acuminate, 1–3 mm; phyllaries generally hairy and/or glandular only on green tips ..... D. canescens

4. Heads generally 14–20 mm; subshrub or long-lived perennial herb; e Peninsular Ranges (Santa Rosa Mtns) ..... var. ziegleri

4' Heads generally 6–12 mm; annual to short-lived perennial herb; widespread

5. Stems with stalked glands, occasionally also canescent-puberulent ..... var. leucanthemifolia

5' Stems canescent-puberulent, stalked glands sparse or lacking

6. Stems stiffly erect, <= 60 cm; branches many, stiff, spreading; heads many ..... var. incana

6' Stems various, generally smaller; branches generally fewer, more flexible, loosely spreading to ascending; heads few to many

7. Ray flowers with styles, fertile, well developed; involucre generally 8–12 mm; phyllaries generally in 5–10 series ..... var. canescens

7' Ray flowers without styles, sterile, often ± reduced; involucre 6–9 mm; phyllaries generally in 3–5 series ..... var. shastensis (2)


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