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Enceliopsis nudicaulis

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; 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: EnceliopsisView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Perennial herb from stout caudex, +- scapose. Stem: densely leafy at base, leafless distally. Leaf: basal and closely alternate, simple, petioled or sessile, entire, 3-veined. Inflorescence: heads radiate [discoid], 1; peduncle long; involucre hemispheric; phyllaries +- overlapped in 3--6 series, free; receptacle paleate, palea folded around and falling with fruit. Ray Flower: sterile; style 0; ray yellow. Disk Flower: (50)200--500+; corolla yellow, tube slender, throat abruptly expanded, lobes triangular; anther tips ovate, +- acute; style tips triangular. Fruit: strongly compressed, wedge-shaped; edges +- white, corky, glabrous or long-ciliate; faces black, glabrous or +- hairy; pappus [0] of 2 narrow awns and a crown of shorter scales.
Species In Genus: 4 species: western North America. Etymology: (Greek: like Encelia)
eFlora Treatment Author: David J. Keil & Curtis Clark
Reference: Clark 2006 FNANM 21:112--113
Unabridged Reference: Fehlberg & Ranker 2007 Syst Bot 32:692--699
Enceliopsis nudicaulis (A. Gray) A. Nelson
Habit: Plant 1--4 dm; hairs short, +- spreading. Stem: woody at base. Leaf: blades 2--6 cm, 2--6 cm wide. Inflorescence: head 4--9 cm diam; peduncle 1.5--4.5 dm, gray-puberulent; involucre 1--2 cm; phyllaries in 3--5 series, narrowly lanceolate from ovate base, acute, densely gray-puberulent. Ray Flower: +- 21; ray 2--4 cm. Fruit: +- 9 mm, 3.5 mm wide, silky-hairy; pappus awns 1--1.5 mm, smooth. Chromosomes: 2n=36.
Ecology: Stony hillsides and canyons; Elevation: 950--2000 m. Bioregional Distribution: W&I, DMtns, e DMoj; Distribution Outside California: to Idaho, Utah, northern Arizona. Flowering Time: May--Jun
Synonyms: Enceliopsis nudicaulis var. corrugata Cronquist
Jepson eFlora Author: David J. Keil & Curtis Clark
Reference: Clark 2006 FNANM 21:112--113
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Citation for this treatment: David J. Keil & Curtis Clark 2012, Enceliopsis nudicaulis, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on May 11, 2021.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2021, Jepson eFlora,, accessed on May 11, 2021.

Enceliopsis nudicaulis
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© 2010 James M. Andre
Enceliopsis nudicaulis
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Enceliopsis nudicaulis
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© 2001 Larry Blakely
Enceliopsis nudicaulis var. corrugata
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Geographic subdivisions for Enceliopsis nudicaulis:
W&I, DMtns, e DMoj
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