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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 from ± scaly caudex and long rhizomes, becoming glabrous to unevenly soft-hairy and glandular
Stems 1several, generally unbranched
Leaves: basal sometimes in sterile rosettes, petioled; cauline generally 24 pairs, ± subsessile, middle generally largest, blade 210(15) cm, lanceolate to subcordate, generally toothed
Inflorescence: heads radiate, 13(5); involucre 718 mm, obconic to subhemispheric; phyllaries acute to acuminate, generally glandular, sometimes sparsely long-hairy
Ray flowers 811(13); ligules 13 cm
Disk flowers: corolla sparsely soft-hairy
Fruit 68 mm, short-glandular or short- ± forked-hairy above; pappus short-barbed, white
Ecology: Meadows, open coniferous forest
Elevation: 18002400 m.
Bioregional distribution: Klamath Ranges, c High Sierra Nevada
Distribution outside California: to Alaska
Sexual or not
Horticultural information: TRY.
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