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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.



A. Michael Powell

Perennial from ± woody caudex or shrub (rarely annual)
Leaves alternate or opposite, simple, veiny, generally resinous-dotted
Inflorescence: heads discoid, generally clustered; involucre cylindric to bell-shaped; phyllaries overlapping, strongly nerved; receptacle generally flat, chaff 0
Flowers: corollas cylindric, ± white or tinged red; anther bases rounded or slightly cordate, tips ovate; style branches long, club-shaped, tips rounded
Fruit 10-ribbed, generally cylindric, hairy; pappus generally of many, generally scabrous bristles
Etymology: (John Brickell, early botanist in Georgia)
Reference: [King & Robinson 1987 Monogr Syst Bot Missouri Bot Gard 22:220–224]


B. oblongifolia Nutt. var. linifolia (D.C. Eaton) B.L. Rob.

Perennial or subshrub 2–4 dm, rounded
Stems much-branched, gray-hairy, generally glandular
Leaves alternate, ± sessile, 1–3 cm, linear to ± ovate, 0–2-toothed, ± densely puberulent, generally glandular
Inflorescence: heads 15–17 mm, generally solitary; involucre cylindric to bell-shaped; phyllaries 25–35, overlapping, outer shorter, lance-oblong, inner linear, generally 4-veined, green, glandular-puberulent, tips erect
Flowers 35–45
Fruit 4–6 mm
Chromosomes: 2n=18
Ecology: Common. Desert, woodland
Elevation: < 2800 m.
Bioregional distribution: San Jacinto Mountains, East of Sierra Nevada, Desert
Distribution outside California: to British Columbia, Montana, Utah, Colorado
Flowering time: May–Jul
Variable; 2 other vars
Horticultural information: TRY; STBL.

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