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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.



Perennial, strongly scented
Leaves alternate, simple to 3-pinnately dissected, ± hairy, ± reduced upward
Inflorescence: heads generally radiate, many, in flat-topped clusters; involucre bell-shaped or ovoid; phyllaries graded in 3–4 unequal series, ovate, obtuse; margins membranous; receptacle flat to rounded; chaff scales narrow, transparent
Ray flowers few; ligules short, round, white, pink, or yellow
Disk flowers ± many; corollas short, white to purple or yellow
Fruit oblong to obovate, compressed, thick-margined, glabrous; pappus 0
Species in genus: ± 85 species: North America, Eurasia, n Africa
Etymology: (Greek: Achilles of ancient mythology)
Reference: [Tyrl 1975 Brittonia 27:187–196]

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