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Habit: Annual, perennial herb, generally taprooted; mealy, hairs drying as minute white scales; sap milky. Leaf: basal and cauline, generally linear to lanceolate or oblanceolate, generally variably entire to pinnately lobed. Inflorescence: heads 1 on long peduncle, liguliflorous, +- nodding in bud; involucre generally fusiform to spheric; phyllaries in 2--several series, outer overlapping, inner often +- black-hairy; receptacle flat to low-convex, epaleate, pitted. Flower: 5--many; ligules +- equaling involucre in annual species to much exceeding involucre in per species, white, yellow, or orange, abaxially often +- red or purple, readily withering. Fruit: cylindric to fusiform, generally square-topped, not beaked; ribs +- 10, +- scabrous (outer fruit hairy in some); pappus of generally 5--many +- lanceolate, bristle-tipped scales.
Species In Genus: 14 species: western North America, South America, New Zealand, Australia. Etymology: (Greek: small chicory) Note: Hybridization common. Self-pollinating (annual) or self-sterile and +- complex (perennial herb).
eFlora Treatment Author: Kenton L. Chambers
Jepson Online Interchange
Key to MicroserisPrevious taxon: Micropus californicus var. subvestitus
Next taxon: Microseris acuminata
Citation for this treatment: Kenton L. Chambers 2016. Microseris, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=527, accessed on July 30, 2016.
Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on July 30, 2016.