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|Family: Asteraceae (Compositae)||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
|Genus: Benitoa||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
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Benitoa occidentalis (H.M. Hall) D.D. Keck
Habit: Annual; sticky, strongly scented, densely stalked-glandular, glandular-puberulent, proximally +- sparsely long-soft-hairy. Stem: erect, often stout, 10--150 cm, green, aging red. Leaf: alternate, sessile, clasping or not, 0.5--12+ cm, reduced distally on stem, linear to lance-linear or oblanceolate, often curved, acute, entire or toothed. Inflorescence: heads radiate, in open panicle-like cluster; involucre 8--10 mm, narrowly fusiform or obconic to cylindric, erect, persistent; phyllaries graduated in 5--8 series, linear, long-tapered, abaxially glandular, tips straight to curved outward, each tipped with 1 large, stalked gland; receptacle flat or rounded, glabrous, epaleate. Ray Flower: (2)5--8(14); ray 5--7 mm, yellow, occasionally red-tinged, occasionally rolled under; style generally with 1 prominent branch. Disk Flower: 9--20+, staminate; corolla 4--5 mm, narrowly funnel-shaped, yellow, occasionally red-tinged; anther tip narrowly triangular; style tip 1.5 mm, cylindric, distally bristly, branches short, tapered. Fruit: 3--4 mm, strigose, mottled purple-brown; pappus deciduous, of 2--8 slender, white bristles. Chromosomes: 2n=10.
Ecology: Grassland, foothill woodland, vertic clay, occasionally serpentine; Elevation: 350--1100 m. Bioregional Distribution: SCoRI (w Fresno, se Monterey, se San Benito cos.). Flowering Time: Jun--Nov
Synonyms: Haplopappus occidentalis H.M. Hall; Lessingia occidentalis (H.M. Hall) M.A. Lane
eFlora Treatment Author: Staci Markos
Jepson Online Interchange
Listed on CNPS Rare Plant Inventory
Previous taxon: Benitoa
Next taxon: Bidens
Citation for this treatment: Staci Markos 2017. Benitoa occidentalis, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/eflora/eflora_display.php?tid=1653, accessed on March 29, 2017.
Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2017. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/eflora/, accessed on March 29, 2017.