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Key to Arnica

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1' Pappus of 10–50 fine bristles

2. Heads discoid, some marginal flowers occasionally with ± expanded corollas

3. Leaves widely ± 

4. Leaf toothed, net-veined abaxially between 3–5 prominent veinscorolla yellow; fruit hairy, nonglandular ..... A. venosa

4' Leaf ± , weakly 3–5-veined; corolla cream; fruit stalked-glandular ..... A. viscosa

3' Proximal and middle leaves narrowed to a ± widely winged  (except Arnica discoideaproximal leaves ± narrowly wing-petioled)

5. Phyllaries  to ; young heads generally nodding; pappus brown-yellow, ±  ..... A. parryi (2)

5' Phyllaries narrowly lanceolate to lance-ovate; young heads ; pappus white, generally short-barbed

6. Most proximal  blades lanceolate to  or ± ; petiole narrow, ± narrowly winged; fruit hairy and stalked-glandular ..... A. discoidea

6' Most proximal leaf blades ± oblanceolate; petiole ± widely winged; fruit sparsely stalked-glandular, generally otherwise glabrous ..... A. spathulata

2' Heads radiate

7. Cauline leaves generally 5–12 pairs, ± equal or gradually reduced distally on stem; heads 3–20

8. Phyllaries generally ± adaxial face of tip generally hair-tufted; tube of disk corolla generally 3–4.5 mm ..... A. chamissonis

8' Phyllaries ± , tip ± no more hairy than body; tube of disk corolla generally 2–3 mm

9. Stems 1–few from short  or ; leaves ± toothed ..... A. lanceolata subsp. prima

9' Stems clustered on short caudex-like rhizome; leaves ± entire ..... A. longifolia

7' Cauline leaves generally 2–4(6) pairs, often strongly reduced distally on stem; heads generally < 5(15)

10. Pappus (yellow-)brown, bristles ± plumose – rhizome short, freely rooting

11. Rays < 15 mm; proximal herbage ± long-spreading-hairy; young heads generally nodding ..... A. parryi (2)

11' Rays generally 15–25 mm; proximal herbage becoming glabrous to hairy or glandular; young heads erect

12. Heads spreading-bell-shaped to hemisphericcauline leaves variable, ± sessile, most proximal generally largest ..... A. mollis

12' Heads ± narrowly obconic; cauline leaf blades  to widely , at least some petioled, middle generally largest ..... A. ovata

10' Pappus ± white to straw-colored, bristles short-barbed, if bristles ± plumose, rhizome long

13. Leaf  narrow, length ± 3–6+ × width;  leaves generally densely clustered; rays yellow-orange

14. Proximal axils brown-woolly-tufted; disk corollas spreading-hairy, stalked-glandular ..... A. fulgens

14' Proximal axils glabrous or sparsely white-hairy; disk corollas stalked-glandular only ..... A. sororia

13' Leaf blade generally ± wide, length generally < 2.5 × width; basal leaves sometimes persistent, not densely clustered; rays yellow

15. Cauline leaves at least at mid-stem sessile (± sessile) ..... A. latifolia

15' Cauline leaves at least at mid-stem petioled (petiole ± wide)

16. Leaves ± thick, often fleshy and ± red; heads 1(4), often nodding in serpentine soils ..... A. cernua

16' Leaves ± thin, neither fleshy nor ± red; heads 1–5, not nodding in bud; not on serpentine

17. Proximal leaves generally toothed, ± strongly cordate (except stunted alpine plants); pappus short-barbed ..... A. cordifolia

17' Proximal leaves ± entire, base rounded (± cordate); pappus short-barbed to ± plumose ..... A. nevadensis



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