Melanoseris monocephala

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Melanoseris monocephala


Shih & Kilian (in Shih & al. 2011) treated, with doubts, this fairly rare species as conspecific with Melanoseris lessertiana. According to Wang & al. (2013) it is, however, unrelated and clearly distinct. Morphologically it is distinguised from M, lessertiana, by its habit as a rosette herb with unbranched flowering stems (instead of usually branched) and glabrous (instead of usually hairy) involucres (Wang & al. 2015).


Shih C., Ge X. J.; Kilian N., Kirschner J., Štěpánek J., Sukhorukov A. P., Mavrodiev E. V. & Gottschlich G. 2011: Cichorieae. – Pp. 195–353 in: Wu Z. Y., Raven P. H. & Hong D. Y. (ed.), Flora of China 20–21. Asteraceae. – Beijing: Science Press & St Louis: Missouri Botanical Garden. // ➪ //

Wang Z. H., Kilian N. & Peng. H. 2015: Notes on Melanoseris lessertiana (Lactucinae, Asteraceae) and morphologically allied species in the Pan-Himalayan region. – Pl. Diversity Resources 37: 401–407.

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: China South-Central (YunnannativeA)


Zhang Jianwen 2011: Images (2 added)


A. C. Shih, Flora Reipublicae Popularis Sinicae 80(1). 1997 (as Mulgedium monocephalum (C. C. Chang) C. Shih)