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Cichorium L.


Cichorium intybus

Credit: HAST

Annual, biennial, or perennial herbs. Leaves dentate to runcinate-pinnatifid or pinnatisect. Heads in elongate, spike-like inflorescences. Involucral bracts in two unequal series. Florets blue, occasionally white or pink. Achenes obovoid-obconical, 3-5-angled, glabrous. Pappus of minute, rounded-obtuse scales.

Six species in Europe, Asia, northern Africa, the Mediterranean region and southwestern Asia; one species occasionally naturalized in Taiwan.

Lower Taxon


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