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Jepson Interchange (more information)
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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)
Reference: [Chambers Contr Dudley Herb Stanford U: 1955 4:207312 & 1957 5:5768]
Hybridization common.Self-pollinating (annual) or self-incompatible and ± complex (perennial herb).
Perennial 1570 cm, generally branched and leafy only near baseSee the CNPS Inventory for information about endangerment and rarity.
Leaf 535 cm
Inflorescence: involucre 1020 mm, generally mealy and ± black-hairy; outer phyllaries narrowly ovate, tapered, not recurved, < inner
Flowers 2570; ligules yellow
Fruits 47 mm, not wider at tip, straw-colored or dull white, smooth or outermost fruits scabrous on ribs; pappus scales 24 mm, brownish, bristles 69 mm, barbed
Ecology: Uncommon. Moist grassland or open woods
Elevation: < 300 m.
Bioregional distribution: Central Coast, San Francisco Bay Area.Like M. laciniata subsp. leptosepala except pappus.