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3. Lessingia tenuis (A. Gray) Coville, Contr. U.S. Natl. Herb. 4: 124. 1893.

Spring lessingia

Lessingia ramulosa A. Gray var. tenuis A. Gray in W. H. Brewer et al., Bot. California 1: 307. 1876; L. germanorum Chamisso var. parvula (Greene) J. T. Howell; L. germanorum var. tenuis (A. Gray) J. T. Howell

Plants 2–15 cm. Stems erect, green to tan, glabrous or villous. Leaves: basal withering by flowering; cauline margins entire or dentate to pinnately lobed, faces sometimes gland-dotted, abaxial villous to tomentose. Heads borne singly, at ends of branchlets. Involucres obconic, 4–7 mm. Phyllaries purple-tipped, faces glabrous or villous, gland-dotted; inner scarious. Disc florets 10–25; corollas yellow (occasionally pink or suffused with purple in peripheral florets; tubes with brown-purple band inside); style-branch appendages truncate-penicillate, 0.1–0.2 mm. Pappi tan, equal to or longer than cypselae. 2n = 10.

Flowering Apr–Jul. Openings, chaparral, woodlands; 300–2200 m; Calif.

Lessingia tenuis is known from the central and southern San Francisco Bay area through the South Coast Range to Ventura County.


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