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Adenophyllum porophylloides

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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, 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: AdenophyllumView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: [Annual] perennial herb, subshrub [shrub], 20--50+ cm, pungently scented. Stem: erect, branched from base or throughout. Leaf: alternate to +- opposite [opposite], petioled or sessile; blades or lobes linear to oblanceolate or ovate, simple or 1-pinnately lobed, with +- bristle-tipped teeth, glabrous or +- minutely coarse-hairy to minutely scabrous, embedded oil-glands generally at bases of lobes or blade and near leaf tip. Inflorescence: heads generally radiate, 1, peduncled; bracts closely subtending head 12--22, linear to awl-shaped, sometimes 1--2-lobed, often bristle-tipped, generally with oil-glands; involucre bell-shaped to obconic [hemispheric], [5]7--20+ mm diam; phyllaries [8]12--20+ in +- 2 series, weakly fused 1/3--3/4 lengths, free in age, generally lanceolate to linear, persistent, margins of outer +- free to base, oil-glands on faces and near margins; receptacle convex, epaleate, +- pitted, margins of pits minutely fringed to bristly. Ray Flower: (0)7--14[16]; corolla yellow to orange or red-orange. Disk Flower: 25--80[100+]; corolla yellow to yellow-orange, tube < cylindric throat, lobes lance-ovate to -linear; anther tip elliptic or ovate, acute; style tips linear, tapered, densely bristly.; anther bases minutely sagittate. Fruit: obpyramidal [obconic], glabrous or +- strigose or silky-hairy, pappus of 8--20 scales in 1[2] series, each scale composed of 5--11 basally fused bristles.
Etymology: (Greek: gland-leaf)
eFlora Treatment Author: Bruce G. Baldwin, adapted from Strother (2006)
Reference: Strother 1986 Sida 11:371--378; Strother 2006 FNANM 21:237--239
Adenophyllum porophylloides (A. Gray) Strother
Habit: Plant 20--50+ cm. Leaf: blade 15--40 mm, pinnately lobed, glabrous, oil-glands at lobe bases and near leaf tip. Inflorescence: peduncle 2--8 cm; bracts closely subtending head 12--16, 3--8 mm, awl-shaped, glandular; involucre 10--15 mm, obconic; phyllaries 12--20, lanceolate. Ray Flower: 10--14; corolla yellow, becoming red-orange, tube 2--5 mm, ray 5--6 mm, 1--2 mm wide. Disk Flower: corolla 7--11 mm, yellow-orange or distally red. Fruit: 5 mm; pappus scales 7--12 mm, each composed of 7--11 basally fused bristles. Chromosomes: 2n=26.
Ecology: Washes, alluvial fans, rocky slopes, in open scrub, woodland; Elevation: 50--1300 m. Bioregional Distribution: e edge PR, s DMoj, DSon; Distribution Outside California: to Nevada, Arizona, northern Mexico. Flowering Time: Mar--Jun, Oct--Dec
Synonyms: Dyssodia porophylloides A. Gray
Jepson eFlora Author: Bruce G. Baldwin, adapted from Strother (2006)
Reference: Strother 1986 Sida 11:371--378; Strother 2006 FNANM 21:237--239
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Citation for this treatment: Bruce G. Baldwin, adapted from Strother (2006) 2012, Adenophyllum porophylloides, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on June 17, 2024.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2024, Jepson eFlora,, accessed on June 17, 2024.

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e edge PR, s DMoj, DSon
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