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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.



G. Ledyard Stebbins

Annual, biennial, perennial herb; sap milky
Stems 3–10 dm, branched
Leaves basal and cauline, reduced upward; lower 1–2 dm, toothed or pinnately lobed, wing-petioled; middle sessile, sometimes clasping; upper greatly reduced
Inflorescence: heads ligulate, showy, terminal and axillary, lateral sessile; involucre ± cylindric; phyllaries in 2 series, hardened in basal half, outer short, spreading, inner elongate, erect; receptacle naked
Flowers many; ligules blue to purple, readily withering
Fruit oblong, glabrous, 5-angled; pappus of minute blunt scales
Species in genus: 8 species: Eur, Medit, Africa
Etymology: (Old Arabic name)


C. endivia L.


Annual, biennial
Stems 6–9 gm, glabrous
Leaves elliptic, lobed
Inflorescence: peduncles of terminal heads strongly thickened
Flowers: ligules 11–13 mm, purple
Fruit 1.5–2.5 mm; pappus scales < 0.5 mm
Chromosomes: 2n=18,36
Ecology: Uncommon. Disturbed places near gardens
Elevation: generally < 200 m.
Bioregional distribution: San Francisco Bay Area, Inner South Coast Ranges (Salinas Valley)
Distribution outside California: native to Europe
Cult as salad green.

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