Melanoseris yunnanensis

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Melanoseris yunnanensis

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Common names

Chinese (China): 云南毛鳞菊 yun nan mao lin juA


This yellow-flowered taxon is closely related to and has tentatively been treated as conspecific with Melanoseris cyanea by Wang & al. (2013).


Wang Z. H., Peng. H. & Kilian N. 2013: Molecular phylogeny of the Lactuca alliance (Cichorieae subtribe Lactucinae, Asteraceae) with focus on their Chinese centre of diversity detects potential events of reticulation and chloroplast capture. – PLoS ONE 8(12): e82692 // ➪ //


Herbs ca. 1 m tall or more, perennial. Root slenderly turniplike. Stem solitary, erect, apically branched and glandular hairy. Lower and middle stem leaves with petiole 3–10 cm, narrowly winged, not clasping; leaf blade elliptic to ovate, 10–15 × 4–9 cm, pinnatipartite or pinnatisect to bipinnately lobed, pilose and hispid glandular hairy, margin dentate; lateral lobes 2–6 pairs, opposite or alternate, elliptic to lanceolate, apex acute; secondary lobes if present 1 or 2 pairs, broadly triangular to lanceolate; terminal lobe elliptic to lanceolate. Upper stem leaves similar to middle stem leaves but petiole shorter; leaf blade smaller and less divided; uppermost leaves linear-lanceolate, undivided. Synflorescence racemiform to narrowly paniculiform, with few to many capitula. Capitula nodding, with usually 15–20 florets; peduncle wiry, 0.2–2(–5) cm. Involucre purplish green, cylindric, 1.1–1.5 × 0.4–0.8 cm. Phyllaries ± acute at apex; outer phyllaries triangular-ovate to linear-lanceolate, glabrous or abaxially hispid on midvein, longest approaching inner phyllaries in length. Florets yellow to whitish. Achene ca. 7 mm; body dark reddish brown, ellipsoid, compressed, lateral ribs broadened, apex contracted into a ca. 2 mm paler beak. Pappus double, outer hairs 0.1–0.2 mm, bristles 7–8 mm. Fl. and fr. Sep–Oct.

from: Shih C. & Kilian N. in Wu Z. Y. & al. (ed.), Flora of China 20–21: 219. 2011, Beijing & St Louis.


Asia-Temperate: China South-Central (SichuannativeB,C, YunnannativeA,B,D,E)


A. Wu & al., Flora of China 20-21. 2011
B. C. Shih, Flora Reipublicae Popularis Sinicae 80(1). 1997 (as Chaetoseris lutea (Hand.-Mazz.) C. Shih)
C. Wu & al., Flora of China 20-21. 2011 (as Melanoseris yunnanensis (C. Shih) N. Kilian & Z. H. Wang)
D. C. Shih, Flora Reipublicae Popularis Sinicae 80(1). 1997
E. Shih C., On circumscription of the Genus Cicerbita Wall., and two new genera of Compositae from Sino-Himalayan region in Acta Phytotax. Sin. 29 (5): 394-417. 1991 (as Chaetoseris teniana (Beauverd) C. Shih)