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Pseudognaphalium stramineum

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Family: Asteraceae (Compositae)View DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Annual to tree. Leaf: basal and/or cauline, alternate, opposite, rarely whorled, simple to 2+ × compound. Inflorescence: 1° inflorescence a head, resembling a flower, of several types (see below), 1--many in generally +- cyme-like cluster; each head generally with +- calyx-like involucre of 1--many series of phyllaries (involucre bracts); receptacle of head flat to conic or columnar, paleate (bearing paleae = receptacle bracts) or epaleate; flowers 1--many per head. Flower: bisexual, unisexual, or sterile, +- small, of several types (see below); calyx 0 or modified into +- persistent pappus of bristles, scales, and/or awns; corolla radial or bilateral (0), lobes generally (0)3--5; stamens 4--5, filaments generally free, generally fused to corolla at tube/throat junction, anthers generally fused into cylinder around style, anther base generally rounded or cordate (deeply sagittate or with tail-like appendages), tip (= flattened appendage) generally projecting beyond pollen sac; pistil 1, 2-carpeled, ovary inferior, 1-chambered, 1-seeded, placenta basal, style 1, tip generally +- 2-branched (except in some staminate disk flowers), branch tips truncate or generally bearing +- brush-like appendages; stigmas 2, generally on adaxial faces of style branches. Fruit: achene (also called a cypsela) (drupe in Chrysanthemoides), cylindric to ovoid, sometimes compressed, generally deciduous with pappus attached.
Genera In Family: +- 1500 genera, 23000 species: worldwide, many habitats. Note: Flower and head types differ in form and sexual condition. A disk flower has a generally radial corolla, with a cylindric tube, expanded throat, and generally 5 lobes. Disk flowers are generally bisexual and fertile but occasionally staminate with reduced ovaries. Discoid heads comprise only disk flowers. A radiant head is a variant of a discoid head, with peripheral disk flower corollas expanded, often bilateral. A ray flower corolla is bilateral, generally with a slender tube and flattened petal-like ray (single lip composed of generally 3 lobes). Ray flowers are generally pistillate or sterile (occasionally lacking styles). Radiate heads have peripheral ray flowers and central disk flowers. Disciform heads superficially resemble discoid heads, with pistillate or sterile flowers that lack rays, together with or separate from disk flowers. A ligulate flower is bisexual, with a bilateral, generally ephemeral corolla and 5-lobed ligule. Liguliflorous heads comprise only ligulate flowers. See glossary p. 31 for illustrations of family characteristics. Echinops sphaerocephalus L., Gaillardia aristata Pursh, Gaillardia pulchella Foug., Hymenothrix loomisii S.F. Blake, Tagetes erecta L., Thelesperma megapotamicum (Spreng.) Kuntze are waifs. Melampodium perfoliatum Kunth, historic urban waif. Ageratum conyzoides L., Guizotia abyssinica (L. f.) Cass., Santolina chamaecyparisus L., orth. var. are rare or uncommon escapes from cultivation. Dyssodia papposa, Ismelia carinata (Schousb.) Sch. Bip. [Chrysanthemum carinatum Schousb.], Mantisalca salmantica (L.) Briq. & Cavill. are historical or extirpated waifs in California. Inula helenium L. not documented in California. Taxa of Aster in TJM (1993) treated here in Almutaster, Eucephalus, Eurybia, Ionactis, Oreostemma, Sericocarpus, Symphyotrichum; Chamomilla in Matricaria; Bahia in Hymenothrix; Cnicus in Centaurea; Conyza in Erigeron and Laennecia; Dugaldia in Hymenoxys; Erechtites in Senecio; Hymenoclea in Ambrosia; Lembertia in Monolopia; Osteospermum ecklonis in Dimorphotheca; Picris echioides in Helminthotheca; Prionopsis in Grindelia; Raillardiopsis in Anisocarpus and Carlquistia; Schkuhria multiflora in Picradeniopsis; Trimorpha in Erigeron; Venidium in Arctotis; Whitneya in Arnica. Amauriopsis in TJM2 (2012) treated here in Hymenothrix; Arida in Leucosyris; Bahia in Picradeniopsis.
Unabridged Note: Largest family of vascular plants in California and of eudicots globally.
eFlora Treatment Author: David J. Keil, except as noted
Scientific Editor: David J. Keil, Bruce G. Baldwin.
Genus: PseudognaphaliumView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Annual to perennial herb, generally taprooted. Stem: 1--several from base, generally woolly-tomentose, sometimes stalked- or sessile-glandular. Leaf: basal and cauline or mostly cauline, often +- clasping and/or decurrent, generally narrowly lanceolate to oblanceolate, entire, +- tomentose, sometimes adaxially glandular. Inflorescence: heads disciform, generally in tight groups in flat-topped to cyme- or panicle-like cluster; involucre cylindric to generally urn-shaped, +- bell-shaped when pressed; phyllaries graduated in (2)3--7(10) series, persistent, +- spreading when dry, bases generally green, distally generally sessile-glandular, tips generally stiff-papery, opaque or clear, dull or shiny, +- white, rosy, tawny, or brown; receptacle flat to convex, epaleate, glabrous. Pistillate Flower: many; corolla narrowly tubular, minutely lobed, +- yellow to +- red. Disk Flower: few; corolla yellow or +- red; anther tip +- triangular; style branches truncate, hair-tufted. Fruit: oblong-compressed or cylindric, glabrous or +- papillate; pappus bristles in 1 series, deciduous, generally free, or weakly coherent.
Species In Genus: +- 100 species: worldwide, mostly America, generally temperate. Etymology: (Greek: deceptively similar to Gnaphalium, a related genus)
eFlora Treatment Author: Guy L. Nesom

Pseudognaphalium stramineum (Kunth) Anderb.
Habit: Annual or biennial, unscented. Stem: 2--8+ dm, loosely to densely tomentose, not glandular. Leaf: +- crowded, 2--8(9.5) cm, 2--5(10) mm wide, reduced distally on stem, oblong to narrowly oblanceolate or weakly spoon-shaped, +- clasping, generally not decurrent (decurrent 1--2 mm), flat or margin slightly curled under, faces loosely persistently gray-tomentose, not glandular. Inflorescence: dense, 1--2 cm diam or +- cyme-like; involucre 4--6 mm +- spheric; phyllaries in 4--5 series, ovate to oblong-obovate, +- white, often +- yellow with age, transparent, shiny, glabrous. Pistillate Flower: 160--200. Disk Flower: generally 18--28. Fruit: weakly, if at all, ridged, otherwise smooth or papillate-roughened, glabrous; pappus bristles loosely coherent, shed in clusters or easily fragmented rings. Chromosomes: 2n=28.
Ecology: Many habitats, dunes, chaparral slopes, roadsides; Elevation: < 2500 m. Bioregional Distribution: NCo, CCo, SnFrB, SCoRO, SCo, ChI, SnBr; Distribution Outside California: to British Columbia, Montana, Nebraska, Texas, Mexico; also South America; naturalized in eastern United States. Flowering Time: Mar--Aug
Synonyms: Gnaphalium stramineum Kunth; Gnaphalium chilense Spreng.
eFlora Treatment Author: Guy L. Nesom
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Citation for this treatment: Guy L. Nesom 2017. Pseudognaphalium stramineum, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on October 22, 2017.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2017. Jepson eFlora,, accessed on October 22, 2017.

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Geographic subdivisions for Pseudognaphalium stramineum:
NCo, CCo, SnFrB, SCoRO, SCo, ChI, SnBr;
Markers link to CCH specimen records. Yellow markers indicate records that may provide evidence for eFlora range revision or may have georeferencing or identification issues. Purple markers indicate specimens collected from a garden, greenhouse, or other non-wild location.
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