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Key to Pseudognaphalium

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(For a list of species in Pseudognaphalium, use the above link.)

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1. Opposing  faces strongly to weakly contrasting in color, adaxial green, not  (except Pseudognaphalium biolettii), sometimes glandularabaxial generally gray to white, tomentose

2. Leaves crowded,  1–3(10) mm; leaf   to lance-linear, margin strongly rolled under; phyllaries bright white, opaque, dull; fruit ridged, smooth ..... P. leucocephalum

2' Leaves not crowded, internodes generally > 5 mm; leaf blade  or  to oblanceolate (distal sometimes linear), flat or margin slightly curled under; phyllaries straw-colored to shiny white (± pink), opaque or transparent, dull or shiny; fruit papillate-roughened or ridged, smooth

3. Stem not glandular; leaf base not , clasping with ear-like  , opposing faces strongly contrasting in color ..... P. biolettii (2)

3' Stem stalked-glandular; leaf base decurrent, weakly to not clasping, opposing faces strongly to weakly contrasting in color ..... P. macounii

1' Opposing leaf faces not or weakly contrasting in color, both generally gray to gray-green or ± green, tomentose, adaxially sometimes glandular beneath long hairs

4. Leaf base ± clasping, decurrent 1–2 mm or not (decurrent 2–15 mm in Pseudognaphalium californicum)

5. Inflorescencedense terminal cluster or ± open, cyme-like;  3–6 mm; phyllaries ± white, silver-gray to ± yellow or brown, transparent; pistillate flowers 135–200; pappus bristles loosely coherent, shed in clusters or easily fragmented rings

6. Involucre 3–4 mm; disk flowers 4–10; pistillate corolla red-tipped; fruit  ..... P. luteoalbum

6' Involucre 4–6 mm; disk flowers generally 18–28; pistillate corolla evenly yellow; fruit glabrous ..... P. stramineum

5' Inflorescence ± flat-topped to panicle-like cluster; involucre 4–7 mm; phyllaries generally silvery white to white, sometimes pink, generally opaque; pistillate flowers 29–140; pappus bristles distinct, released singly

7. Stem stalked-glandular; abaxial leaf face generally green, stalked-glandular; phyllaries in 7–10 series ..... P. californicum (2)

7' Stem not glandular; abaxial leaf face generally white-tomentose or woolly-tomentose; phyllaries in 4–6 series

8. Annual or short-lived  herb; involucre 4–4.5 mm ..... P. roseum

8' Perennial herb; involucre 5–6 mm

9. Plant sharply scented; adaxial leaf face densely stalked-glandular ..... P. biolettii (2)

9' Plant unscented; adaxial leaf face not glandular ..... P. microcephalum (2)

4' Leaf base not ± clasping, decurrent or not

10. Leaf base not decurrent

11. Involucre 4–5 mm; phyllaries in 3–4 series; disk flowers (1)2–5(6); stem 2–3 mm diam near base; adaxial leaf face occasionally sessile-glandular beneath long hairs ..... P. canescens

11' Involucre 5–6 mm; phyllaries in 4–6 series; disk flowers 5–9; stem 3–5 mm diam near base; adaxial leaf face not glandular ..... P. microcephalum (2)

10' Leaf base decurrent

12. Stem not glandular, leaves sessile-glandular beneath long hairs ..... P. thermale

12' Stem and leaves stalked-glandular, glands sometimes obscured by nonglandular hairs

13. Leaf densely, loosely gray-tomentose ..... P. beneolens

13' Leaf green or thinly gray-tomentose

14. Leaf generally narrowly lance-oblong, 5–10(20) mm wide; inflorescence flat-topped cluster; involucre bell-shaped to ± spheric when pressed; phyllaries in 7–10 series, white to pink ..... P. californicum (2)

14' Leaf linear to lanceolate, oblong, or narrowly spoon-shaped, 3–5(7) mm wide; inflorescence panicle-like cluster, generally elongate to widely columnar; involucre short-cylindric to top-shaped when pressed; phyllaries in 4–5 series, generally ± pink, sometimes white to ± green ..... P. ramosissimum


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