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Annual to tree
Leaves basal or cauline, alternate to whorled, simple to compound
Inflorescence: 1° inflorescence a head, each resembling a flower, 1–many, generally arrayed in cymes, generally subtended by ± calyx-like involucre; flowers 1–many per head
Flowers bisexual, unisexual, or sterile, ± small, of several types; calyx 0 or modified into pappus of bristles, scales, or awns, which is generally persistent in fruit; corolla radial or bilateral (rarely 0), lobes generally (0)4–5; stamens 4–5, anthers generally fused into cylinder around style, often appendaged at tips, bases, or both, filaments generally free, generally attached to corolla near throat; pistil 1, ovary inferior, 1-chambered, 1-seeded, style 1, branches 2, generally hair-tufted at tip, stigmas 2, generally on inside of style branches
Fruit: achene, cylindric to ovoid, generally deciduous with pappus attached
Genera in family: ± 1300 genera, 21,000 species (largest family of dicots): worldwide. Largest family in CA. Also see tribal key to CA genera: Strother 1997 Madroño 44(1):1–28. See glossary p. 25 for illustrations of general family characteristics.



Guy L. Nesom

Annual to perennial herb (subshrub)
Stems generally erect
Leaves alternate, generally entire
Inflorescence: heads generally radiate, 1–many in loose, panicle-like or flat-topped clusters; involucre hemispheric; phyllaries narrowly lanceolate, in 2–several equal to strongly graded series; receptacle flat to steeply conic, naked, smooth to shallowly pitted
Ray flowers (0) generally 10–many; ligules generally white, pink, or blue (yellow)
Disk flowers many; corollas generally narrowly funnel-shaped, yellow; style tips 0.1–0.8 mm, ± triangular
Fruit 0.5–3 mm, generally ± oblong, compressed to ± cylindric, generally 2-ribbed, generally sparsely hairy; pappus (0) generally of 6–50 longer, inner bristles and shorter outer bristles, narrow scales, or short crown
Species in genus: ± 375 species: wordwide
Etymology: (Greek: early old age)
Reference: [Nesom 1992 Phytologia 72:157–208]


E. breweri A. Gray

Perennial 7–75 cm, from woody roots and slender-branched caudex, generally not wiry or brittle, generally densely short-spreading-hairy; glands generally 0
Leaves cauline, 5–40 mm, linear to oblanceolate, evenly sized and spaced
Inflorescence: heads generally radiate, 8–15 mm diam; phyllaries strongly graded in 3–5 series, glandular or not, tip generally ± like body
Ray flowers 12–45, 4–7 mm, ligules white to pink or drying blue, weakly coiled
Fruit: pappus bristles 22–46
Ecology: Many habitats
Elevation: 300–3100 m.
Bioregional distribution: Klamath Ranges, n&s High Sierra Nevada, San Gabriel Mountains, San Bernardino Mountains, San Jacinto Mountains, East of Sierra Nevada, Mojave Desert
Distribution outside California: Oregon, w Nevada


var. breweri

Stem 12–60 cm, from ± slender rhizomes, generally ascending
Leaf 10–40 mm; hairs 0.1–0.3 mm
Inflorescence: phyllaries narrow-margined, green-tipped, densely glandular
Chromosomes: 2n=18
Ecology: Open, rocky habitats
Elevation: 1200–3100 m.
Bioregional distribution: n&s High Sierra Nevada, San Bernardino Mountains
Distribution outside California: c-w Nevada
Many plants of s SNH are tall, more erect, lack rhizomes, have narrower leaves.

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