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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 to shrubs, glabrous or hairy; sap milky
Stems branched, 0.53 m
Leaves cauline or some basal, alternate
Inflorescence: heads ligulate; involucre cylindric; phyllaries in 2several series; receptacle naked
Flowers fewmany; ligules lavender, pink, or whitish, readily withering
Fruit linear, club-shaped, or oblong; pappus generally of 930 stiff, plumose bristles
Species in genus: 24 species: w North America
Etymology: (Greek: wreath division)
Reference: [Gottlieb 1972 Madroño 21:463481]
Annual, tap-rooted, rosette-forming species highly variable and complexly interrelated.
Annual 1020 dm, puberulent
Leaves: basal rosette generally withered at flower; cauline leaves small, linear, often 0 at flower
Inflorescence: heads solitary or clustered on short, stiffly spreading branches; involucre 69 mm; outer phyllaries reflexed, << inner
Flowers 68; ligules 911 mm, pale pink to white
Fruit 1.82.4 mm; sides 5, each narrowly grooved; pappus bristles plumose 8085% of length, white
Ecology: Open clearings, near sand dunes
Elevation: 0200 m.
Bioregional distribution: South Coast, s Channel Islands, Western Transverse Ranges, Peninsular Ranges
Distribution outside California: Baja California
Like S. exigua , S. virgata.