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Dichrocephala integrifolia (L. f.) Kuntze, Revis. Gen. Pl. 1: 333. 1891.


Dichrocephala integrifolia

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  • Dichrocephala auriculata (Thunb.) Druce
  • Dichrocephala bicolor (Roth) Schltdl.
  • Ethulis auriculata Thunb.
  • Hippia integrifolia L. f.

    Annual herbs. Stems erect, sometimes depressed, 12-50 cm tall, branched or not, more or less minutely pubescent. Leaves thin, lower and middle ovate to elliptic, apex obtuse to acute, base obtuse; petiole winged, 1-6 cm long, lyrately lobed, terminal lobe largest, broadly ovate, lateral lobes 1 or 2 pairs, distinct, oblong to obovate, regularly or irregularly crenate-serrate, blade 3-12 cm long, 2-4.5 cm wide, pilose or nearly glabrous on both surfaces. Heads 2-3 mm long, 2-3 mm across at anthesis, in terminal or axillary panicles, usually 2 or 3 times branched. Involucral bracts in 1 or 2 series, ca. 1 mm long, oblong to ovate, acute, midrib and central area green, margins thinly fimbriate-scarious, inner bracts somewhat shorter. Receptacle depressed globose. Outer florets many, in 7 or 8 rows, corolla tubular, 0.3-0.5 mm long, whitish to yellowish, style arms exserted. Disc florets ca. 10, corolla funnelform to campanulate, greenish to purplish, deeply 4-lobed at tip, lobes broadly ovate, stamens 4. Achenes obovate, compressed, truncate, apex viscid glandular punctate, 1-1.5 mm long, ca. 0.5 mm wide, glabrous, pale brown, ribbed on both sides. Pappus absent or of 2 minute setae on disc florets. Heads 5-8 mm in diam. at maturity. Fl. Apr-Dec. Chromosome number, 2n = 18 (Peng & Hsu, 1978).

    TAIPEI: Shihting, Peng 12877. ILAN: Taipingshan, Peng 7878. TAOYUAN: Yangmei Dairy Station, Peng 3104. NANTOU: Tzuchung, Peng 11423. CHIAYI: Alishan, Hsu 3887. PINGTUNG: Tahanshan, Yang 1228. TAITUNG: Lanyu Is., Peng 10810; Hsiangyang, Peng 11846. HUALIEN: Yenhai Forest Trail, Peng 13002.

    Tropical and subtropical Asia and Africa. A common weed in Taiwan, especially on clay soils at low to mid elevations.


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