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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.


Elizabeth McClintock

Perennial, subshrub, often from long, thick caudex, silky; hairs basally forked, attached off-center; herbage dotted with resin glands
Leaves alternate, often crowded at base; simple and entire or 3-lobed to 1–3-pinnately dissected
Inflorescence: heads disciform, few–many; involucre hemispheric; phyllaries in 2–3 overlapping series, scarious-margined and -tipped; receptacle hemispheric, naked or hairy
Pistillate flowers few, marginal; corolla cylindric to lance-ovoid
Disk flowers more numerous; corolla tubular to bell-shaped; anther tips ovate, bases rounded or ± cordate; style branches truncate, tips shrub-like
Fruit cylindric, generally 5–10-ribbed; pappus generally 0 or a narrow crown
Species in genus: 9 species: w. North America
Etymology: (Greek: spherical division)
Reference: [Holmgren et al. 1976 Brittonia 28:255–272]
Segregated from Tanacetum.


S. cana (D.C. Eaton) A. Heller

Stems 15–30 cm, leafy, generally branched from base
Leaves 5–12 mm, basal and cauline, sessile; basal and lower cauline generally 3–4-lobed, upper entire
Inflorescence: heads generally 3–8, in dense clusters (rarely solitary); receptacle glabrous
Fruit < 2 mm, 10-ribbed; pappus 0
Chromosomes: 2n=18
Ecology: Uncommon. Rocky places, ledges, trails, talus near or above timberline
Elevation: 3000–4000 m.
Bioregional distribution: c&s High Sierra Nevada, East of Sierra Nevada, n Desert Mountains
Flowering time: Jul–Aug
Synonyms: Tanacetum c. D.C. Eaton
Sage-like smell sometimes reported
Horticultural information: DRN, DRY, SUN: 1, 2, 3, 15, 16; DFCLT.

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