Sp. Pl.2: 927. 1753
Gen. Pl. ed.5, 398. 1754
w United States, nw Mexico, s Europe, sw Asia, n Africa.
Species 5 (2 in the flora).
See discussion of Filagininae following the tribal description (p. 385).
Micropus species are found mostly in dry, open habitats of Mediterranean climates. In the flora, they are known only from west-draining portions of the Californian Floristic Province and the Willamette Valley in Oregon.
The two North American species constitute Micropus sect. Rhyncholepis Nuttall. Recent European workers (e.g., J. Holub 1998) have included sect. Rhyncholepis in Bombycilaena, leaving M. supinus Linnaeus in a monotypic genus. Based on phylogenetic data (J. D. Morefield 1992), that approach would include in Bombycilaena species ancestral to, and derived from ancestors of, Micropus. I maintain Micropus in its traditional sense here. Micropus and Psilocarphus appear to be monophyletic sister genera derived from near or within Stylocline. A malformed specimen from Monterey County, California, appears to be a sterile hybrid between M. californicus and a species of Psilocarphus.
|1||Pistillate paleae 8–12 in 2 series, bodies mainly chartaceous, cartilaginous medially, wings prominent, subapical, inflexed, plane to concave; cypselae: corolla scars in distal 1/4; receptacle heights 1.2–1.8 times diams.; staminate paleae mostly 1–3; staminate corolla lobes 4 (–5); staminate pappi of 1–5 bristles||Micropus amphibolus|
|1||Pistillate paleae 4–7(–8) in 1 series, bodies cartilaginous to bony throughout, wings obscure, lateral, ± erect, involute; cypselae: corolla scars ± median; receptacle heights 0.5–0.8 times diams.; staminate paleae 0; staminate corolla lobes usually 5; staminate pappi 0 or of 1 bristle||Micropus californicus|
|Author||James D. Morefield +|
|Common name||Cottonseed +, micrope + and falzblume +|
|Etymology||Greek micros, small, and pous, foot, perhaps alluding to tiny receptacles +|
|Illustrator||Linny Heagy +|
|Taxon name||Micropus +|
|Taxon parent||Asteraceae tribe Gnaphalieae +|
|Taxon rank||genus +|
|Volume||Volume 19 +|