Picris divaricata

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Picris divaricata

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Herbs 10–40 cm tall, short-lived perennial. Stems few to several, weak, erect, divaricately branched from base, with whitish rigid small 2-hooked hairs, glabrescent or glabrous toward apex. Basal leaves oblanceolate-elliptic, narrowly elliptic, or linear-elliptic, 3–10 × 0.5–2 cm, with short rigid simple and hooked rigid hairs especially on midvein, basally attenuate into a winged petiole-like portion, base cuneate-attenuate, margin sinuate-dentate or entire, apex acute, obtuse, or rounded. Stem leaves few, subbasal, sessile, broadly linear to narrowly elliptic-oblanceolate, small, with sparse simple rigid hairs especially on abaxial midvein, base semiamplexicaul, otherwise like basal leaves. Capitula 1 or 2 per stem. Involucre cylindric to narrowly campanulate, 9–10 mm. Phyllaries arachnoid hairy and with sparse rigid hooked hairs on midvein; outer phyllaries narrowly triangular to lanceolate, apex acute; inner phyllaries linear-lanceolate, apex acute. Florets yellow. Achene reddish brown, narrowly ellipsoid, 4–5 mm, apex contracted into a tiny cuspis. Pappus 6–7 mm. Fl. and fr. Apr–Nov.

from: Shih C. & Kilian N. in Wu Z. Y. & al. (ed.), Flora of China 20–21: 349. 2011, Beijing & St Louis


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

Common names

Chinese (China): 滇苦菜 dian ku caiC


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