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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.


Elizabeth McClintock

Annual, perennial herb, glabrous or hairy
Stems generally branched, erect or prostrate, < 60 cm
Leaves alternate, 1–3-pinnately lobed
Inflorescence: heads generally radiate, solitary; phyllaries in 2 or more series, scarious-margined; receptacle rounded to conic, chaffy
Ray flowers < 25, generally pistillate; ligules generally white
Disk flowers many; corolla yellow, tube swollen at base, enclosing tip of fruit; anther tips ovate, bases rounded or ± cordate; style branches truncate with shrub-like tips
Fruit slightly compressed, faintly striate; pappus 0
Species in genus: 4 species: Eur
Etymology: (Derivation unknown)
Reference: [Ross-Craig 1960–1963 Drawings Brit Plants 16: plate 6]


C. nobile (L.) All.


Perennial, pleasantly aromatic
Stems < 15 cm, creeping, forming mats, ± hairy
Leaves < 5 cm, 2–3-pinnately lobed, sessile; lobes linear
Inflorescences: heads ± 1 cm diam; phyllaries 3–4 mm, scarious; receptacle hemispheric, chaff scales ± 5 mm, transparent
Ray flowers ± 20; ligules ± 10 mm, white, rarely 0
Disk flowers: corollas ± 10 mm
Fruit ± 1 mm, ± cylindric; ray achenes slightly > disk achenes
Chromosomes: 2n=18
Ecology: Uncommon. Escape from cultivated in disturbed, coastal areas
Elevation: < 100 m.
Bioregional distribution: North Coast, expected more widely
Distribution outside California: native to w Europe
Synonyms: Anthemis n. L
TOXIC: flower heads used medicinally, but tea may produce anaphylactic shock.

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