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Jepson Interchange (more information)
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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.
Annual or perennial herb < 60 dm, generally ± branched, generally erect; sap milky
Leaves generally basal and cauline, alternate, sessile, generally reduced upward
Inflorescence: heads ligulate, 210 mm diam; involucre 520 mm, generally bell-shaped; phyllaries in 36 series; receptacle naked or with fragile bristles < 5 mm
Flowers: corollas readily withering; ligules yellow or white, generally ± purple-striped below
Fruit generally fusiform, straw-colored to purple-brown, truncate; veins 15 (5 generally prominent, 10 sometimes obscure); outer pappus ± 0 or of 06 smooth, persistent bristles, inner 1232 bristles fused at base, readily deciduous, minutely barbed below
Species in genus: 21 species: w North America, s South America
Etymology: (Greek: soft hair)
Reference: [Williams 1957 Am Midland Naturalist 58:494517]
Perennial 3060 cm, from rhizome or caudex, glabrous to tomentose
Leaves linear to obovate, entire to irregularly lobed; basal withering early
Inflorescence: heads 68 mm diam, base generally tapered; involucre 1012 mm; outer phyllaries generally 1/2 inner, generally lanceolate
Flowers: corollas 1320 mm, white, outer corollas exserted 814 mm
Fruit 1.32.5 mm, minutely spiny, straw-colored to purple-brown; outer pappus of irregular teeth, bristles 0
Ecology: Open coastal sage, chaparral, sand dunes
Elevation: < 2000 m.
Bioregional distribution: South Coast Ranges, South Coast, Channel Islands, Transverse Ranges.Varieties intergrade.
Plant rhizomed, leafy, glabrous to medium-hairy
Leaves: cauline lanceolate to elliptic, generally entire, tip acute
Ecology: Crumbling shale along roadcuts, in canyons, chaparral, foothill woodland
Elevation: 2001600 m.
Bioregional distribution: South Coast Ranges
Horticultural information: TRY.