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Habit: Annual, taprooted; often strongly scented. Stem: decumbent to erect, 1--several from base, 2--90 cm, simple or generally +- openly branched, distally glabrous or sparsely hairy to woolly, often glandular. Leaf: simple, alternate, entire to pinnately lobed; basal generally withered at flower (persistent), petioled or sessile, 4--11 cm, linear to oblanceolate or spoon-shaped, lobes (if present) toothed; cauline sessile (occasionally clasping), reduced distally on stem, 1-veined, linear to ovate or obovate, glabrous or sparsely hairy to woolly, occasionally with stalked or bead-like sessile glands. Inflorescence: heads radiant, generally slender-peduncled in open cyme- or panicle-like clusters (+- sessile in spike- or head-like clusters); involucre 4--13 mm diam, narrowly cylindric or fusiform to obconic or hemispheric; phyllaries 10--55, graduated in 4--8 series, erect or recurved, persistent, spreading or reflexed in age, texture leaf-like or scarious (papery), tips green or +- purple-tinged, glabrous or sparsely hairy to woolly, often glandular; receptacle slightly convex, shallowly pitted, epaleate. Disk Flower: ; Fruit: 1--5 mm, cylindric to obconic, not compressed, smooth or obscurely 5--10 nerved, faces tan or mottled purple-brown, densely puberulent to long-soft-hairy; pappus of 3--55 persistent bristles, free, fused at base, or fused throughout into awns, occasionally reduced to crown, white, tan, or +- red. Chromosomes: 2n=10, except Lessingia nemaclada, 2n=10,12.
Species In Genus: 12 species: California; western Nevada, northwestern Arizona, northern Baja California. Etymology: (C.F. Lessing, German-born botanist, 1809--1862) Note: Other species now treated in Benitoa and Corethrogyne.
eFlora Treatment Author: Staci Markos
Jepson Online Interchange
Key to LessingiaPrevious taxon: Leptosyne stillmanii
Next taxon: Lessingia arachnoidea
Citation for this treatment: Staci Markos 2016. Lessingia, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=507, accessed on May 25, 2016.
Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on May 25, 2016.