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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, gray to green, cobwebby to tomentose
Stems generally several from base, generally spreading, < 20 cm, ± forked; central axis generally 0 or not dominant
Leaves simple, generally opposite, ± sessile, < 3 cm, ± obtuse, entire (uppermost ± alternate or seeming whorled, generally ± appressed to heads)
Inflorescence: heads disciform, sessile, solitary or in small groups, generally spheric; bracts like leaves; phyllaries 0; receptacle 12 X > wide, ± obovoid, generally entire, chaffy; chaff scales each enclosing a pistillate flower, falling with a fruit, length generally < 3 X width, generally ± obovoid, bulged upward, woolly, net-veined, tip scarious-winged, offset to inner edge, generally ± 2/3 the distance from base to top of scale, projected inward, beak-like, hidden in head
Pistillate flowers in many series, each subtended by a chaff scale; corollas tubular
Disk flowers staminate, 210, not subtended by chaff scales; ovary vestigial
Fruit smooth, shiny; pappus 0
Species in genus: 35 ill-defined species: w North America, s South America
Etymology: (Greek: slender chaff)
Reference: [Cronquist 1950 Res Stud State Coll WA 18:7189]
Spp. appear to intergrade, need detailed study.
Plants generally thinly cobwebby-tomentoseSee the CNPS Inventory for information about endangerment and rarity.
Stem generally branched above, ± erect; central axis dominant
Leaves: uppermost generally linear to oblanceolate, longest 1735 mm, generally 4.59 X > wide
Inflorescence: largest head 68 mm; longest chaff scale generally 2.83.8 mm
Disk flowers 1.31.9 mm, 5-lobed
Fruit 0.91.7 mm, ± cylindric
Ecology: UNCOMMON. Vernally moist places
Elevation: < 1000 m.
Bioregional distribution: Klamath Ranges, Cascade Range, Modoc Plateau
Distribution outside California: sw British Columbia, Idaho
A few specimens from within the range of P. brevissimus var. b. appear to be this sp., which may be a mere variant.