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Annual to perennial herb, unarmed. Stem: erect, < 6 dm, branched, glabrous or hairy. Leaf: generally < 1 dm, pinnately lobed or dissected. Inflorescence: ± spheric; outermost flowers generally larger; peduncle often long; involucre bracts ± equal, lanceolate, flexible; involucel tubular, 8-ribbed, with expanded, fan-like, many-veined limb or not. Flower: calyx limb divided into 5 bristles; corolla generally blue, purple, pink, or white, lobes 5, upper 2 smaller; stamens 4(2). Fruit: ± angled, generally hairy.
± 80 species: temperate Eurasia, Africa. (Latin: itch, from medicinal use)

Key to Scabiosa

1. Involucel tube without openings; stem ± glabrous; corolla purple, white, or pink; plant generally biennial ..... S. atropurpurea

1' Involucel tube with 8 valve-like openings; stem shaggy-hairy; corolla blue; plant generally annual ..... [S. stellata]


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