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Key to families | Table of families and genera
This text currently parallels The Jepson Manual: Vascular Plants of California, Second Edition that is now available at the University of California Press.
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Shrub, generally < 6 dm, glabrous or herbage minutely stiff-hairy.
Stem: much-branched, widely spreading to ascending, striate, smooth, white distally, ± gray proximally; leafless stems thorny.
Leaf: alternate, short-petioled, generally < 2 cm, obovate or elliptic, entire, sometimes ± thick, light yellow- or gray-green.
Inflorescence: heads radiate, in groups of 2–4, crowded in flat-topped cyme-like clusters generally 3–5 cm wide; involucres obconic- cylindric, ± 5 mm, < 3 mm wide; phyllaries 7–12, ovate, ± white or pale green; receptacle flat, pitted, epaleate.
Ray flower: 1–2; ray barely exceeding involucre, 2- or 3-toothed, yellow.
Disk flower: 3–7, staminate; corolla narrowly funnel-shaped, sinuses deep, lobes reflexed, style-branch appendages lanceolate to rounded.
Fruit: ray fruit <= 3 mm, hairy; pappus of 15–20 stout bristles fused at base, generally 1 mm; ovary of disk flower <= 1 mm, glabrous; pappus of 25 flattened, twisted bristle-like scales generally <= 3 mm. Varieties not known to intergrade. Phylogenetic studies by Roberts & Urbatsch 2004 Syst Bot 29:199–215, suggest that Amphipappus and some other small genera should be merged into Chrysothamnus. [Online Interchange]
1. Lvs glabrous, sometimes gummy ..... var. fremontii
1' Lvs minutely scabrous on faces and margins ..... var. spinosus
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