Melanoseris pectiniformis

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Melanoseris pectiniformis

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Chinese (China): 栉齿毛鳞菊 zhi chi mao lin juA


This 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. 90 cm tall, perennial. Stem purplish red below middle, branched from middle or apically and sparsely glandular hairy. Lower stem leaves narrowly elliptic and basally attenuate into a short petiole-like portion, pinnatipartite to subpinnatisect, margin dentate. Middle stem leaves to 10 × 1.5 cm, basally with an auriculately or sagittately clasping petiole-like portion; lateral lobes 5–7 pairs, opposite to obliquely opposite, lanceolate to elliptic, gradually smaller toward leaf base, rachis sometimes pectinate, apex acute to obtuse; terminal lobe lanceolate. Upper stem leaves narrowly elliptic, smaller, less divided, margin entire. Synflorescence racemiform, with few capit- ula. Capitula with ca. 15 florets. Involucre cylindric, ca. 1.5 × 0.6 cm. Phyllaries glandular hispid, apex acute to obtuse; outer phyllaries lanceolate to linear-lanceolate. Florets purplish red. Achene ca. 6 mm; body dark brown, ellipsoid, compressed, lateral ribs broadened, apex attenuate into a 2–3 mm beak. Pappus double, outer hairs 0.1–0.2 mm, bristles ca. 7 mm. Fl. and fr. Aug.

from: Shih C. & Kilian N. in Wu Z. Y. & al. (ed.), Flora of China 20–21: 222–223. 2011, Beijing & St Louis.


Asia-Temperate: TibetnativeA,B


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