This page is based on the 1993 Jepson Manual.
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Jepson Interchange (more information)
©Copyright 1993 by the Regents of the University of California
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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.
Perennial generally from long, naked rhizome
Leaves: basal 0 or generally withered by flower; cauline opposite
Inflorescence ± flat-topped; heads radiate or discoid, 1many; involucre hemispheric to obconic; phyllaries generally in 2 ± equal series; receptacle ± flat, naked
Ray flowers (0)621; ligules (orange-)yellow
Disk flowers many; corolla generally soft-hairy, colored like ligules; anther bases entire or slightly sagittate, tips triangular; style branches flat, tips truncate, very short, hair-tufted
Fruit ± cylindric, 510-veined; pappus of many barbed to subplumose bristles, white to red-brown
Species in genus: ± 27 species: North America, Eurasia
Etymology: (Latin or Greek: ancient name)
Reference: [Downie & Denford 1988 Rhodora 90:245275]
Diploid species sexual; polyploid species generally form seeds asexually.
Plant 15 dm, unevenly glandular and short-hairy; rhizome tip ± scaly
Stems 1few, loose, generally unbranched
Leaves: basal often persistent on sterile rosettes; cauline 24 pairs, petioled, reduced upward, blades 311 cm, cordate, generally shallowly toothed
Inflorescence: heads radiate, 15; involucre 1520(30) mm, obconic to bell-shaped; phyllaries acute to acuminate, ± long-white-hairy, glandular or not
Ray flowers (6)1015; ligules < 3 cm
Disk flowers: corolla soft-hairy, glandular
Fruit 610 mm, short-forked-hairy or glandular; pappus short-barbed, whitish
Ecology: High meadows, coniferous forest
Elevation: 12003000 m.
Bioregional distribution: Klamath Ranges, North Coast Ranges, High Cascade Range, n&c High Sierra Nevada, e San Francisco Bay Area, Modoc Plateau
Distribution outside California: to Wyoming, north-central N.America, New Mexico
Generally asexual. Stunted alpine plants with ovate leaves, glandular fruit have been called var. pumila (Rydb.) Maguire
Horticultural information: DRN, IRR: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24.
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