This page is based on the 1993 Jepson Manual.
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Jepson Interchange (more information)
©Copyright 1993 by the Regents of the University of California
Print edition is available from the University of California Press
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Annual to tree
Leaves basal or cauline, alternate to whorled, simple to compound
Inflorescence: 1° inflorescence a head, each resembling a flower, 1many, generally arrayed in cymes, generally subtended by ± calyx-like involucre; flowers 1many 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)45; stamens 45, 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):128. See glossary p. 25 for illustrations of general family characteristics.
Annual, perennial herb, glabrous or hairy
Stem generally branched, generally erect, < 60 cm
Leaves opposite, < 20 cm, entire to pinnately cut
Inflorescence: heads radiate, solitary or in cymes; phyllaries in 1 or 2 series, free or partly fused; receptacle narrowly conic to hemispheric, naked, smooth, pitted, or rough
Ray flowers 421; ligules generally yellow
Disk flowers generally many; corollas generally 5-lobed, generally yellow; anther tips acuminate to triangular; style tips triangular or round, generally hair-tufted
Fruit < 5 mm, cylindric to obovoid, black or gray; pappus of awns, scales, or 0
Species in genus: 17 species: w North America, Chile
Etymology: (Greek: female pupil of Plato)
Reference: [Ornduff 1966 Univ Calif Publ Bot 40:192]
Generally self-incompatible (cross-pollinated).
Annual < 25 cm
Stem prostrate or decumbent, branched; nodes generally hairy
Leaves 19 cm, narrowly to widely strap-shaped, blunt, fleshy, entire or variously lobed, glabrous
Inflorescence: involucre 47 mm, hemispheric; phyllaries 614, free, hairy on margins and midribs; receptacle conic, glabrous, rough
Ray flowers 712; ligules generally < 3 mm
Disk flowers many; anther tips ± oblong, obtuse; style tips triangular or dome-shaped, often not hair-tufted
Fruit < 3.2 mm, hairy, linear to narrowly club-shaped; pappus of < 9 brownish awns and fewer narrow scales, or 0
Ecology: UNCOMMON. Seabird nesting and roosting areas, generally offshore rocks and islands
Elevation: < 100 m.
Bioregional distribution: North Coast, Central Coast
Distribution outside California: to sw British Columbia
Synonyms: L. minor subsp. maritima (A. Gray) Ornduff
Horticultural information: TRY.
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