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David J. Keil, Family Editor and author, except as specified

Annual to tree
Leaves basal or cauline, alternate to whorled, simple to compound
Inflorescence: 1° inflorescence a head, each resembling a flower, 1–many, generally arrayed in cymes, generally subtended by ± calyx-like involucre; flowers 1–many per head
Flowers bisexual, unisexual, or sterile, ± small, of several types; calyx 0 or modified into pappus of bristles, scales, or awns, which is generally persistent in fruit; corolla radial or bilateral (rarely 0), lobes generally (0)4–5; stamens 4–5, anthers generally fused into cylinder around style, often appendaged at tips, bases, or both, filaments generally free, generally attached to corolla near throat; pistil 1, ovary inferior, 1-chambered, 1-seeded, style 1, branches 2, generally hair-tufted at tip, stigmas 2, generally on inside of style branches
Fruit: achene, cylindric to ovoid, generally deciduous with pappus attached
Genera in family: ± 1300 genera, 21,000 species (largest family of dicots): worldwide. Largest family in CA. Also see tribal key to CA genera: Strother 1997 Madroño 44(1):1–28. See glossary p. 25 for illustrations of general family characteristics.



G. Ledyard Stebbins

Annual to perennial herb; sap milky
Stems erect, 0.5–1.5+ m
Leaves basal and cauline, alternate, entire to pinnately lobed
Inflorescence: heads ligulate, many, in panicles; involucre cylindric; phyllaries in 2–several series; receptacle naked
Flowers few–many; ligules yellow or cream to blue, readily withering
Fruit flattened, short- or long-beaked; pappus of many bristles, falling separately
Species in genus: ± 100 species: ± worldwide temp
Etymology: (Latin: milky)


L. tatarica (L.) C.A. Mey. subsp. pulchella (Pursh) Stebbins

Perennial from extensive rhizomes, 3–10 dm
Stems erect, glabrous
Leaves many, 5–15 cm, linear to elliptic, entire to lobed
Inflorescence: heads in flower 2–3 cm wide; involucre in fruit 1.4–1.8 mm
Flowers 10–15; corolla bright blue, conspicuous
Fruit 5–6 mm (including beak), pale brown, glabrous, several-veined on each face, unwinged; beak very short; pappus 8–11 mm, white
Chromosomes: 2n=18
Ecology: Dry to moist alluvial valleys
Elevation: 1150–2000 m.
Bioregional distribution: High Cascade Range, Great Basin Floristic Province
Distribution outside California: to Alaska, e Canada, c US, New Mexico
Flowering time: Jun–Sep
Horticultural information: TRY.

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