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Picris L.


Picris hieracioides subsp. morrisonensis

Credit: HAST

Erect branching herbs, stems and leaves usually hispid or coarsely hirsute. Leaves radical and cauline. Heads pedunculate, usually in corymbs or panicles. Involucre ovoid-lanceolate or campanulate, inner principal bracts in 1 series, nearly equal, outer bracts many, 2- or 3-seriate, spreading. Receptacle flat, short pilose. Corolla ligulate, yellow, truncate, 5-lobed. Anthers sagittate at base. Style branches slender. Achenes linear or oblong, sometimes angled, 5-10-ribbed, rather abruptly narrowed at apex,sometimes beaked. Pappus usually in a single series, slender, plumose, sometimes also with an outer series of smaller unbranched bristles.

About 40 species in Europe, Asia and North Africa; one species represented by two subspecies in Taiwan.


1 Stems 20-65 cm tall; leaves cauline and radical, lower leaves linear-lanceolate, 6-16 cm; involucre 9-12 mm long.   subsp. morrisonensis
+ Stems 7-20 cm tall; leaves usually rosulate at base, oblong-lanceolate to oblanceolate; involucres 15-17 mm long.   subsp. ohwiana

Lower Taxa

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