Tragopogon tomentosulus

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Tragopogon tomentosulus

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Description

Biennial or perennial. Root virgate, weak, slightly thickened; root collar covered with fibrous remnants of old leaves. Stem 20-25 cm high, erect, somewhat slender, weakly branched, densely leafy, with leaves crowded at base. Leaves filiform-linear to lanceolate, appressed white-tomentose at base; lower leaves longer, exceeding others, reaching up to inflorescence, finely -sulcate, finely acuminate, with somewhat broader base, semiamplexicaul; upper leaves short, wider, long-acuminate, linear to oblong-lanceolate. Peduncles scarcely exceeding or equaling leaves, not thickened, 4-6cm long, finely pubescent, tomentose below capitula. Capitula solitary, terminal, medium, 2-2.5 cm long at flowering, about 4 cm long and 1.5 cm wide in middle at fruiting. Involucral bracts eight, lanceolate, acuminate, pubescent at flowering, not exceeding florets, much shorter than achenes with pappus; florets violet. Achenes (immature) about 17 mm long with beak; body of achene sulcate, weakly scabrous above; beak about 6mm long, slender, weakly scabrous below, more or less tomentose above, almost half as long as achene; pappus considerably longer than achene, about 2.5 cm long, brownish, with unequal plumose hairs.

from: Bobrov, E. G. and Tzvelev, N. N. (ed.) 2000: Flora of the USSR XXIX, Compositae, Tribe Cichorieae. – Enfield.

Distribution

Asia-Temperate: TurkmenistannativeA,B (TurkmenistannativeA,B)

Bibliography

A. Rechinger K. H., 3. Koelpinia - 8. Geropogon in Fl. Iran. 122. 1977
B. Schischkin B. K. & Nikitin V. V., Flora Turkmenia VII. 1960