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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, 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.


Elizabeth McClintock

Annual to shrubs
Leaves generally alternate, entire to pinnately lobed
Inflorescence: heads radiate, generally solitary, long-peduncled; involucre hemispheric; phyllaries in 1–3 series, margins narrowly scarious; receptacle flat or convex, naked
Ray flowers < 20, yellow or white to violet; ligule 3-toothed
Disk flowers many, staminate, blue; anther tip ovate or triangular-ovate, base sagittate, short-tailed; style branches short, not separating
Fruit < 10 mm, round or angled, smooth or tubercled; pappus 0
Species in genus: ± 70 species: especially s Africa
Etymology: (Greek: bone seed, for hard achenes)
Reference: [Norlindh 1943 Studies Calenduleae]


O. ecklonis (DC.) Norlindh


Stems branched from base, decumbent or ascending, sometimes > 1 m
Leaves alternate, narrowed to a petiole, < 10 cm, oblong to oblanceolate, coarsely serrate, glandular-hairy
Inflorescence: heads 1–few, 5–8 cm, closing at night
Ray flowers ± 15; ligule < 4 cm, white above, blue-purple beneath, or blue-purple throughout
Disk flowers blue-purple
Fruit ± 7 mm, narrowly triangular-ovoid, lightly net-sculptured
Chromosomes: 2n=20
Ecology: Uncommon. Escape from cultivated in disturbed, urban, coastal areas
Elevation: < 200 m.
Bioregional distribution: Outer South Coast Ranges, Western Transverse Ranges, expected more widely
Distribution outside California: native to s Africa
Synonyms: Dimorphotheca e. DC

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