Melanoseris polyclada

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This species, usually treated as Cephalorrhynchus polycladus, must not be confused with the one treated as Cicerbita polyclada, which is based on Lactuca polyclada Boiss., not on Zollikoferia polyclada Boiss. Both are alpine species but are readily distinguished already habitually: In Cicerbita polyclada, the repeatedly ± divaricately and intricately branched stems are conspicuously inflated and rather soft, whereas they are slender and indurate in Melanoseris polyclada.

Melanoseris polyclada is closely related to M. "brassicifolia" (Lactuca brassicifolia) and M. "takhtadzhianii" The three species have been treated as the section Zollikoferiastrum by Sennikov (in Lazkov & al. 2014) of a very wide genus Lactuca. In view of the lack of morphological synapomorphies of the lineages of subtribe Lactucinae revealed by Wang & al. (2013) in their molecular phylogeny, Sennikov (in Lazkov & al. 2014) lumbed all genera of the core Lactucinae under Lactuca. In Lactuca M. polyclada has to be named L. piestocarpa since the epithet "polyclada" is already occupied there.


Lazkov G. A., Sennikov A. N., Koichubekova G. A. & Naumenko A. N. 2014: Taxonomic corrections and new records in vascular plants of Kyrgyzstan, 3. – Memoranda Soc. Fauna Fl. Fenn. 90: 91–110.

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. // ➪ //


Asia-Temperate: AfghanistannativeA,B; IrannativeB,C,D,E,F,G; KirgizistannativeH; TadzhikistannativeI Asia-Tropical: PakistannativeB,J,K; West Himalaya (Jammu-KashmirnativeK)


Lazkov G. A. 2015: Images (4 added)


A. Breckle S.-W. & al., Vascular plants of Afghanistan, an augmented checklist. 2013 (as Cephalorrhynchus polycladus)
B. Rechinger K. H., 20. Prenanthes - 29. Lapsana in Fl. Iran. 122: 180-223. 1977 (as Cephalorrhynchus polycladus (Boiss.) Kirp.)
C. Heller D. & Heyn C. C., Conspectus Florae Orientalis 8. 1993 (as Cephalorrhynchus polycladus (Boiss.) Kirp.)
D. Heller D. & Heyn C. C., Conspectus Florae Orientalis 8. 1993 (as Launaea piestocarpa (Boiss.) Rech. f.)
E. Rechinger K. H., 14. Garhadiolus - 18. Reichardia in Fl. Iran. 122: 140-170. 1977 (as Launaea piestocarpa (Boiss.) Rech. f.)
F. Safavi S. R. & al. - 77. Asteraceae tribe Cichorieae in Assadi M. & al., Flora of Iran. 2013 (as Cephalorrhynchus polycladus (Boiss.) Kirp.)
G. Safavi S. R. & al. - 77. Asteraceae tribe Cichorieae in Assadi M. & al., Flora of Iran. 2013 (as Launaea piestocarpa (Boiss.) Rech. f.)
H. Lazkov G. A. & al. in Memoranda Soc. Fauna Fl. Fenn. 90: 91-110. 2014: 94 (as Lactuca piestocarpa (Boiss.) Sennikov)
I. Akademija Nauk Tadžikskoj SSR, Botaničeskij Institut, Flora Tadžikskoj SSR 10. 1991 (as Cephalorrhynchus polycladus (Boiss.) Kirp.)
J. Ghafoor A. & al., Flora of Pakistan 222. Asteraceae (IV) Cichorieae. 2017 (as Melanoseris polyclada)
K. Hajra P. K., Rao R. R., Singh D. K. and Uniyal B. P., Flora of India 12. 1995 (as Launaea polyclada (Boiss.) Burkill)