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TARAXIA
Perennial herb, from thick taproot that may branch in age producing multiple rosettes, stem 0. Leaf: basal, simple, ovate or lanceolate to narrowly elliptic, nearly entire to deeply pinnately lobed. Inflorescence: flowers 1 in axils, erect in bud. Flower: radial, opening at dawn; sepals 4, reflexed separately; petals 4, yellow (or white), unspotted, strongly ultraviolet reflective (non-reflective at base), fading ± purple or ± red; stamens 8, longer ones opposite sepals, anthers attached at base, pollen grains 3-angled except in polyploid taxa (visible with hand lens); ovary chambers 4, stigma hemispheric, generally > anthers and cross-pollinated (or ± = anthers and self-pollinated), sterile projection of ovary persistent with fertile part in fruit, without abscission lines at juncture between hypanthium and fertile part of ovary. Fruit: cylindric-ovoid, ± angled to nearly cylindric, walls generally thin, distended by seeds, tip gradually attenuate into a slender sterile portion (0.4)1.5–18 cm, occasionally persistent for > 1 year, sessile. Seed: in 2 rows per chamber, elongate-ovoid, cylindric to oblong-ellipsoid, pitted or coarsely papillate, giving a shaggy appearance.
4 species: California to Washington & southwestern Canada, Nevada to Colorado (especially California Floristic Province). (Leaves similar to Leontodon taraxacoides) [Wagner et al. 2007 Syst Bot Monogr 83:1–240] Incl in Camissonia in TJM (1993).
Unabridged references: [Raven 1969 Contr US Natl Herb 37:161–396]

Key to Taraxia

1. Leaf pinnately lobed; plant hairs ± dense, spreading or appressed; hypanthium 4–8.5 mm; stigma exceeding anthers ..... T. tanacetifolia

1' Leaf not pinnately lobed (or plant ± glabrous); hypanthium 1.5–3 mm; stigma at same level as or slightly exceeding anthers

2. Leaf hairs short, erect; fruit ± cylindric (swollen by seeds), papery ..... T. ovata

2' Leaf ± glabrous; fruit 4-angled, barely swollen by seeds, leathery ..... T. subacaulis

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