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Dicoria canescens

Higher Taxonomy
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, Doellingeria, Eurybia, Ionactis, Oreostemma, Sericocarpus, Symphyotrichum; Chamomilla in Matricaria; Bahia in Hymenothrix; 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 Picradeniopsis; Trimorpha in Erigeron; Venidium in Arctotis; Viguiera in Aldama and Bahiopsis; Whitneya in Arnica. Amauriopsis in TJM2 (2012) treated here in Hymenothrix; Arida in Leucosyris; Bahia in Picradeniopsis; Eucephalus in Doellingeria.
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: DicoriaView Description 

Habit: Annual [perennial herb], 10--90+ cm, generally canescent. Stem: erect, branches wand-like to widely divergent. Leaf: proximally opposite, 2--10+ pairs in Feb--Apr, otherwise alternate, petioled, blades proximally lance-linear to lanceolate, distally elliptic or lanceolate to +- deltate or ovate, entire or toothed, minutely strigose to silky-hairy, sometimes coarse-erect-hairy, generally gland-dotted, 3-veined. Inflorescence: heads disciform or discoid and staminate, 1 or loosely in 2s or 3s in generally bractless, raceme- to panicle-like clusters; involucre 3--5 mm diam, +- cup- to saucer-shaped; outer phyllaries (4)5(7) in 1 series, free, +- green, inner 0--4, each subtending a pistillate flower, scarious to membranous, enlarging with age, ovate to elliptic in fruit; receptacle convex, generally paleate, paleae wedge-shaped to linear, membranous, +- soft-hairy to bristly distally. Staminate Flower: 5--15+; corolla +- white to maroon, funnel-shaped, lobes 5, erect, reflexed, or curved inward; filaments fused, anthers free or generally fused at tips. Pistillate Flower: (0)1--4; corolla 0. Fruit: strongly compressed front-to-back, +- obovoid to ellipsoid, smooth or warty, sometimes gland-dotted, margins corky-winged, toothed, fruit tip often white-tufted; pappus 0.
Etymology: (Greek: 2 bugs, from 2-fruit heads)
eFlora Treatment Author: Bruce G. Baldwin, adapted from Strother (2006)
Reference: Strother 2006 FNANM 21:24--25
Dicoria canescens A. Gray
Leaf: petiole 5--20+ mm; blade generally 1--3(12) cm, 3--20(30) mm wide. Inflorescence: peduncle 1--3+ mm; involucre 2--3+ mm at flower; outer phyllaries +- lanceolate to ovate, minutely strigose to +- silky-hairy, inner becoming obovate to +- round, generally +- hood-shaped, generally glandular-hairy, each +- surrounding a fruit; paleae 1.8--2+ mm. Staminate Flower: corolla 2.5--3 mm. Fruit: 3--8+ mm. Chromosomes: 2n=36.
Ecology: Alkaline or sandy soils, dunes, washes, flats; Elevation: < 1300 m. Bioregional Distribution: SCo (Colton Dunes, San Bernardino Co.), SNE (exc W&I), D; Distribution Outside California: to Colorado, New Mexico, northwestern Mexico. Flowering Time: Sep--Jan Note: Highly variable; features vary +- independently.
Synonyms: Dicoria canescens subsp. clarkiae (P.B. Kenn.) D.D. Keck; Dicoria canescens subsp. hispidula (Rydb.) D.D. Keck
Jepson eFlora Author: Bruce G. Baldwin, adapted from Strother (2006)
Reference: Strother 2006 FNANM 21:24--25
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Citation for this treatment: Bruce G. Baldwin, adapted from Strother (2006) 2012, Dicoria canescens, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on July 13, 2024.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2024, Jepson eFlora,, accessed on July 13, 2024.

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SCo (Colton Dunes, San Bernardino Co.), SNE (exc W&I), D
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