Melanoseris leiolepis

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Melanoseris leiolepis

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Chinese (China): 光苞毛鳞菊 guang bao mao lin juA


Herbs to 1 m tall, perennial. Stem solitary, erect, apically branched and glandular hairy. Lower and middle stem leaves narrowly elliptic and basally attenuate into winged ± clasping petiole-like portion, 10–14 × 2.5–4 cm, lyrately pinnatifid to lyrately pinnatipartite, sparsely glandular hairy, margin shallowly sinuate-dentate; lateral lobes 1 or 2 pairs, semiorbicular to elliptic, apex rounded to obtuse; terminal lobe narrowly ovate to lanceolate, 5–8 × 2.5–4 cm, margin ± sinuate, apex acute to acuminate. Upper stem leaves ± sessile, narrowly elliptic to linear- lanceolate, smaller, lyrately pinnatifid or not divided. Synflorescence racemiform or sparsely paniculiform, with few to several capitula. Capitula nodding, with usually 12–16 florets. Involucre campanulate, 1.7–2 × 0.7–1 cm. Phyllaries glabrous, apex acute to obtuse; outer phyllaries triangular-ovate to lanceolate. Florets purple. Achene 6–7 mm; body brown to dark brown, ellipsoid, compressed, lateral ribs broadened, apex tapering into a paler 1–2 mm beak. Pappus double, outer hairs 0.1–0.2 mm, bristles ca. 8 mm. Fl. and fr. Oct.

from: Shih C. & Kilian N. in Wu Z. Y. & al. (ed.), Flora of China 20–21: 222. 2011, Beijing & St Louis.


Asia-Temperate: China South-Central (YunnannativeA,B)


A. Wu & al., Flora of China 20-21. 2011
B. C. Shih, Flora Reipublicae Popularis Sinicae 80(1). 1997