Melanoseris tenuis

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Melanoseris tenuis

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Chinese (China): 全叶细莴苣 quan ye xi wo juA


Herbs 0.5–1.5 m tall, perennial. Stem solitary, erect, apically branched and glandular hairy. Lower and middle stem leaves with petiole 5–8 cm, basally slightly widened and not clasping; leaf blade triangular to triangular-ovate, 5–14 × 5–10 cm, undivided, glandular hairy, glabrescent, base somewhat cuneate to truncate, shallowly cordate, or shallowly hastate, margin mucronulate-dentate, apex acute to acuminate. Upper stem leaves similar to middle stem leaves but with shorter petiole and smaller; uppermost stem leaves sessile or subsessile. Synflorescence paniculiform, with usually numerous capitula and capillaceous branches. Capitula with 3 florets; peduncle capillaceous. Involucre green, narrowly cylindric, 11–13 × ca. 1.5 mm. Phyllaries glabrous; outer phyllaries ovate to lanceolate, longest ca. 3 × 1 mm, apex acute; inner phyllaries 3. Florets bluish purple. Achene ca. 5 mm; body brown, narrowly ellipsoid to obcolumnar, compressed, lateral ribs broadened, apex contracted into a thick ca. 1 mm beak. Pappus ± single, ca. 6 mm. Fl. and fr. Aug–Sep.

from: Shih C. & Kilian N. in Wu Z. Y. & al. (ed.), Flora of China 20–21: 223. 2011, Beijing & St Louis.


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


Yin Zhi-Jian 2013: Images (1 added).


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