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Bruce G. Baldwin

Annual [perennial herb] 1–12 dm. Stem: prostrate to ± erect. Leaf: simple, basal and cauline, opposite proximally, often withered before flower, most alternate, ± sessile, oblanceolate to linear or lance-linear, proximal generally 1–2 pinnately lobed, lobes toothed or entire, sometimes bristly-ciliate, distal entire, generally spine-tipped, faces glabrous or scabrous and/or coarse- to soft-hairy or puberulent, often also glandular. Inflorescence: heads radiate, congested or in spike- to panicle- or umbel-like clusters; peduncle bracts generally spine-tipped; involucre ± obconic or urn-shaped, 3–8+ mm diam; phyllaries 5–75+, lanceolate or oblanceolate, each ± 1/2-enclosing ray ovary, falling with fruit or both persistent and head or flower branch dispersing as unit, scabrous and/or coarse- to soft-hairy or puberulent, often also glandular; receptacle flat to convex, minutely bristly; paleae subtending all or most disk flowers, free. Ray flower: 5–75+; corolla yellow, ray 2–6 mm. Disk flower: 6–200+, generally staminate; corolla 2–5 mm, yellow, tube < throat, tube/throat glabrous, lobes deltate, abaxially often minutely bristly; anthers ± red to dark purple or yellow to ± brown, tips ovate; style glabrous proximal to branches, tips ovate to awl-shaped, densely bristly. Fruit: ray fruit 2–3 mm, ± compressed, bulging abaxially, glabrous, beaked or elevated adaxially; pappus 0; disk pappus 0 or of 3–12 linear, awl-shaped or oblanceolate scales.
4 species: California, southern Oregon, northern Baja California (alien elsewhere in western United States, New York). (Latin: prickly Madia) [Baldwin & Strother 2006 FNANM 21:276–279] Self-sterile.
Unabridged disk flower: anther bases acute to sagittate.
Unabridged references: [Carlquist et al. 2003 Tarweeds and silverswords: evolution of the Madiinae; Venkatesh 1958 Evolution 39:1236–1241]

Key to Centromadia

1. Disk pappus 0; leaves not or minutely glandular ..... C. pungens

2. Paleae tips barely or not exserted, obtuse to acute, sometimes abruptly sharp-pointed; leaf margins bristly-ciliate, faces glabrous except midribs bristly ..... subsp. laevis

2' Paleae tips often strongly exserted, ± long-tapered, spine-tipped; leaf margins sometimes ciliate, at least near base, faces glabrous, scabrous, or coarsely hairy, midribs often bristly ..... subsp. pungens

1' Disk pappus of 3–5, linear to awl-shaped scales, or 8–12, narrowly oblanceolate to linear scales; leaves sometimes minutely to conspicuously glandular

3. Leaves densely soft- or coarse-hairy, stalked-glandular, glands yellow, brown, or black; anthers ± red to dark purple; disk pappus of 8–12, linear or narrowly oblanceolate scales ..... C. fitchii

3' Leaves glabrous, scabrous-puberulent, or ± coarsely to softly hairy, sometimes glandular, glands yellow; anthers yellow to ± brown or ± red to dark purple; disk pappus of 3–5, linear to awl-shaped scales ..... C. parryi

4. Anthers ± red to dark purple; leaves soft- or ± coarse-hairy or puberulent, stalked-glandular; paleae often with 2 purple lines along inner edges of scarious margins ..... subsp. australis

4' Anthers yellow or ± brown; leaves glabrous, scabrous-puberulent, or ± coarse-hairy, not soft-hairy, glandular or not; paleae lacking purple lines.

5. Leaves scabrous-puberulent and generally ± coarse-hairy or bristly-ciliate, not glandular or glands minute, scattered; involucre 3.5–5 mm; ray 2–3 mm ..... subsp. rudis

5' Leaves glabrous or coarsely hairy to puberulent, glandular or not; involucre 4–10 mm; ray 2.5–5(6) mm.

6. Peduncle bracts seldom glandular, sometimes with minute, stalked, ± yellow glands among nonglandular hairs; ray 2.5–3(4.5) mm ..... subsp. congdonii

6' Peduncle bracts coarsely glandular, glands sessile or short-stalked, yellow; ray 3–5(6) mm ..... subsp. parryi


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