Centratherum

Cassini
Bull. Sci. Soc. Philom. Paris 1817: 31. 1817.
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in F. Cuvier, Dict. Sci. Nat. ed. 2, 7: 383. 1817.
Common names: Larkdaisy
Etymology: Latin centrum, center, and atherum, prickle or awn, perhaps alluding to spine-tipped middle phyllaries of original species
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 19. Treatment on page 206. Mentioned on page 67, 201.

Perennials (or functionally annuals), 1–3(–8+) dm (stems sometimes rooting at proximal nodes). Leaves cauline; sessile or petiolate, petioles ± winged; blades ovate to obovate, lanceolate, or linear, bases ± cuneate, margins toothed, apices acute, abaxial faces usually ± hirtellous to strigillose or tomentose, sometimes nearly glabrous, adaxial faces sparsely scabrellous or glabrate, both usually resin-gland-dotted. Heads discoid (pedunculate, each subtended by 3–8+, ± foliaceous bracts), borne singly. Involucres ± hemispheric, 6–12(–18+) mm diam. Phyllaries 24–50+ in 4–8+ series, each proximally firm, distally ± scarious, the outer ovate to deltate or lanceolate, inner oblong to lanceolate, margins entire, tips rounded to acute, usually apiculate to seta-tipped or attenuate-spinose, abaxial faces glabrous or sparsely strigillose to tomentose and usually ± resin-gland-dotted distally. Florets 30–50(–100+); corollas usually lavender to purplish (rarely white), tubes longer than funnelform throats, lobes 5, lance-linear, ± equal. Cypselae ± columnar to plumply clavate, 8–10-ribbed, glabrous, often resin-gland-dotted; pappi caducous, of 20–40 lance-linear to subulate scales. x = 16.

Distribution

Fla., Neotropics, Pacific Islands (Philippines), Australia.

Discussion

Species 2–4 (1 in the flora).

... more about "Centratherum"
John L. Strother +
Cassini +
Larkdaisy +
Fla. +, Neotropics +, Pacific Islands (Philippines) +  and Australia. +
Latin centrum, center, and atherum, prickle or awn, perhaps alluding to spine-tipped middle phyllaries of original species +
Bull. Sci. Soc. Philom. Paris +  and in F. Cuvier, Dict. Sci. Nat. ed. +
gleason1922a +  and kirkman1981a +
Compositae +
Centratherum +
Asteraceae tribe Vernonieae +