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Hymenoxys hoopesii

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, Eucephalus, 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.
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: HymenoxysView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Annual to perennial herb, 5--150 cm. Stem: erect, unbranched or branched, green to +- red-purple, glabrous or +- hairy. Leaf: basal and cauline, alternate, simple, entire or 1--2-pinnately lobed or divided, ultimate margins entire or toothed, glabrous or hairy, +- gland-dotted. Inflorescence: heads radiate [discoid], 1 or in panicle-like or +- flat-topped clusters; peduncle expanded distally, glabrous or +- hairy; disk +- hemispheric to spheric, bell-shaped or urn-shaped; involucre +- rotate; phyllaries in 2[3] series, generally unequal, outer basally fused, inner free; receptacle conic to ovoid, hemispheric or +- spheric [flat], pitted, epaleate. Ray Flower: [3]8--26[34+], pistillate; corolla generally yellow or yellow-orange to orange, ray fan-shaped, 3(5)-lobed. Disk Flower: 25--150(400+), bisexual [6--15, staminate]; corolla yellow; anther tip triangular; style tips truncate. Fruit: +- narrowly obpyramidal [obconic], generally 5-angled, glabrous or hairy; pappus of generally obovate, generally awn-tipped scales [0].
Species In Genus: 25 species: western North America, South America. Etymology: (Greek: sharp membrane, from pappus) Note: Hymenoxys acaulis moved to Tetraneuris.
eFlora Treatment Author: Mark W. Bierner
Reference: Bierner 2006 FNANM 21:435--443
Unabridged Reference: Bierner 2001 Lundellia 4:37--63
Hymenoxys hoopesii (A. Gray) Bierner
Habit: Perennial herb from stout, +- black rhizome, 3--10 dm, flower > once. Stem: 1--4, branched distally, red-purple proximally or green or red-purple throughout, glabrous or +- hairy. Leaf: proximal 5--30 cm, entire, oblong to oblanceolate, distal reduced, linear to lanceolate; glabrous or +- hairy. Inflorescence: heads 1--12, in panicle-like to +- flat-topped clusters; peduncle 3--16 cm, white-tomentose below involucre; disk hemispheric to broadly bell-shaped, 12--17 mm, 19--26 mm diam; outer phyllaries 11--16 mm, ovate to lanceolate, inner 7.5--8.5 mm, obovate to elliptic. Ray Flower: 14--26; corolla 21--45 mm, generally yellow-orange to orange. Disk Flower: 100--325+; corolla 4.2--5.4 mm. Fruit: 3.5--4.5 mm; pappus scales 5--7, 2.9--4.1 mm, lanceolate to lance-acuminate, not awned. Chromosomes: 2n=30.
Ecology: Mtn meadows, open forest, streambanks; Elevation: 1500--3650 m. Bioregional Distribution: KR, SN, Wrn, n SNE; Distribution Outside California: to Oregon, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico. Flowering Time: May--Nov
Synonyms: Dugaldia hoopesii (A. Gray) Rydb.; Helenium hoopesii A. Gray
Jepson eFlora Author: Mark W. Bierner
Reference: Bierner 2006 FNANM 21:435--443
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Citation for this treatment: Mark W. Bierner 2012, Hymenoxys hoopesii, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, /eflora/eflora_display.php?tid=80407, accessed on September 18, 2020.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2020, Jepson eFlora,, accessed on September 18, 2020.

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KR, SN, Wrn, n SNE
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