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
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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 or perennial herb, ± mealy (hairs drying as minute white scales); sap milky
Leaves mostly basal, generally linear to (ob)lanceolate, generally variably entire to pinnately lobed
Inflorescence: heads solitary, ligulate, ± nodding in bud; involucre generally fusiform to spheric; phyllaries in 2several series, outer overlapping, inner often ± black-hairy; receptacle naked
Flowers 5many; corollas white to orange, often reddish below, ligules = to >> involucre, readily withering
Fruit cylindric to fusiform, generally square-topped, not beaked; ribs ± 10, ± scabrous; pappus of generally 5many ± lanceolate, bristle-tipped scales
Etymology: (Greek: small chicory)
[Chambers Contr Dudley Herb Stanford U: 1955 4:207312 & 1957 5:5768] Hybridization common.Self-pollinating (annual) or self-incompatible and ± complex (perennial herb).
Annual 550 cm, scapose
Leaf 320 cm, generally lobed
Inflorescence: involucre 510 mm; outer phyllaries deltate, << inner
Flowers 5100+; ligules yellow or white
Fruit 35+ mm, widest at tip, gray or pale brown, often dark-spotted; outermost fruits generally glabrous; pappus scales 5, 14.5 mm, becoming curved throughout, barely inrolled, not or barely pigmented, glabrous, midrib tapered from base, bristles 3.55.5 mm, barbed
Ecology: Open clay grasslands, often near vernal pools
Elevation: < 500 m.
Bioregional distribution: c&s Sierra Nevada Foothills, San Joaquin Valley, e Central Western California.Derivative of M. douglasii X M. elegans.
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