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Centromadia pungens subsp. pungens

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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; 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 Bahia; Trimorpha in Erigeron; Venidium in Arctotis; Whitneya in Arnica. Taxa of Arida in TJM2 (2012) treated here in Leucosyris.
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: CentromadiaView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Common Name: SPIKEWEED
Habit: Annual [perennial herb] 1--12 dm. Stem: prostrate to +- erect. Leaf: simple, basal and cauline, opposite proximally, often withered before flower, most alternate, +- sessile, oblanceolate to linear or lance-linear, proximal generally 1--2 pinnately lobed, lobes toothed or entire, sometimes bristly-ciliate, distal entire, generally spine-tipped, faces glabrous or scabrous and/or coarse- to soft-hairy or puberulent, often also glandular. Inflorescence: heads radiate, congested or in spike- to panicle- or umbel-like clusters; peduncle bracts generally spine-tipped; involucre +- obconic or urn-shaped, 3--8+ mm diam; phyllaries 5--75+, lanceolate or oblanceolate, each +- 1/2-enclosing ray ovary, falling with fruit or both persistent and head or flower branch dispersing as unit, scabrous and/or coarse- to soft-hairy or puberulent, often also glandular; receptacle flat to convex, minutely bristly; paleae subtending all or most disk flowers, free. Ray Flower: 5--75+; corolla yellow, ray 2--6 mm. Disk Flower: ; Fruit: ray fruit 2--3 mm, +- compressed, bulging abaxially, glabrous, beaked or elevated adaxially; pappus 0; disk pappus 0 or of 3--12 linear, awl-shaped or oblanceolate scales.
Species In Genus: 4 species: California, southern Oregon, northern Baja California (alien elsewhere in western United States, New York). Etymology: (Latin: prickly Madia) Note: Self-sterile.
eFlora Treatment Author: Bruce G. Baldwin
Species: Centromadia pungensView Description 

Habit: Plant 1--12 dm. Leaf: faces glabrous, scabrous, or coarse-hairy, not or minutely glandular, midrib often bristly; margin generally bristly-ciliate, at least near base. Inflorescence: involucre 3--6 mm. Disk Flower: anthers yellow to +- brown. Fruit: disk pappus 0.

Centromadia pungens (Hook. & Arn.) Greene subsp. pungens
Leaf: faces glabrous, scabrous, or coarsely hairy, minutely glandular or not, midrib often bristly, margins sometimes ciliate, at least near base. Inflorescence: palea tips often exserted, +- long-tapered, spine-tipped. Chromosomes: 2n=18,20.
Ecology: Grassland, saltbush scrub, disturbed sites; Elevation: < 1200(1800) m. Bioregional Distribution: s NCoRO, s NCoRI, CaR, s SNF, GV, CW, SW (exc ChI, WTR), s MP, w edge DMoj; Distribution Outside California: to Washington, Idaho, Nevada, Arizona, Baja California, also New York. Flowering Time: Apr--Nov
Synonyms: Hemizonia pungens (Hook. & Arn.) Torr. & A. Gray subsp. maritima (Greene) D.D. Keck; Centromadia pungens subsp. maritima (Greene) B.G. Baldwin; Hemizonia pungens subsp. septentrionalis D.D. Keck; Centromadia pungens subsp. septentrionalis (D.D. Keck) B.G. Baldwin
eFlora Treatment Author: Bruce G. Baldwin
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Citation for this treatment: Bruce G. Baldwin 2016. Centromadia pungens subsp. pungens, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on October 28, 2016.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora,, accessed on October 28, 2016.

Centromadia pungens subsp. pungens
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Geographic subdivisions for Centromadia pungens subsp. pungens:
s NCoRO, s NCoRI, CaR, s SNF, GV, CW, SW (exc ChI, WTR), s MP, w edge DMoj;
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