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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.



James D. Morefield

Annual, generally grayish, cobwebby to tomentose
Stems 1–several from base, ± spreading to ascending, ± forked, generally ± evenly leafy below, ± leafless between upper forks
Leaves simple, alternate, ± sessile, generally elliptic to oblanceolate, entire
Inflorescence: heads disciform, ± sessile in groups of 2–10; bracts like leaves; phyllaries 0 or vestigial (or 1–4 reduced, unequal scales); receptacle (2.8)4–8 X > wide, ± cylindric to club-shaped; chaff scales subtending pistillate flowers phyllary-like, each generally enclosing a flower (or outermost open), falling with a fruit, generally woolly, ± scarious-winged, wing generally elliptic to obovate, base generally acute; chaff scales subtending disk flowers reduced, open or folded, glabrous to cobwebby, scarious
Pistillate flowers in 3–several series; corollas tubular
Disk flowers 2–6, staminate; ovary vestigial
Fruit obovoid, smooth, shiny; style ± at tip; pappus 0; disk pappus generally of 1–12 bristles
Species in genus: 7 species: sw North America
Etymology: (Greek: column bed, from long receptacle)
Reference: [Morefield 1992 Madroño 39:114–130]
Close to Filago subg. Oglifa, especially F. depressa. See also Ancistrocarphus, Micropus.


S. sonorensis Wiggins


Stems < 15 cm
Leaves < 13 mm, generally obtuse; uppermost < 10 mm, elliptic to ± lanceolate, acute
Inflorescence: heads 3.5–4.5 mm, 3–4 mm wide, ± spheric; phyllaries 0 or vestigial; receptacle club-shaped, length 2.8–3.5 X width; longest chaff scale 1.9–3.1 mm, winged toward tip, body (except midvein) generally membranous; outermost chaff scales ± closed, woolly
Disk flowers 1.2–1.9 mm
Fruit 0.6–0.8 mm, ± compressed side-to-side; disk ovary 0.3–0.6 mm, pappus bristles 3–8, 0.9–1.3 mm
Ecology: Open sandy drainages
Elevation: ± 400 m.
Bioregional distribution: Sonoran Desert (Hayfields, Riverside Co., Apr 1930, perhaps extirpated)
Distribution outside California: se Arizona, ne Sonora
Flowering time: Mar–Apr
Like Filago depressa , which may have been involved in its origin.
See the CNPS Inventory for information about endangerment and rarity.
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