Chondrilla

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Introduced

Annual, biennial or perennial herbs; stems erect or ascending, often much-branched. Leaves basal and cauline, alternate, entire to pinnatifid; basal leaves rosetted, more or less runcinate; cauline leaves usually simple, much-reduced, often bract-like. Capitula in terminal and axillary corymbose-paniculate or racemose clusters or solitary along stems, sessile or subsessile; involucre cylindric, bracts in 2 series, unequal, herbaceous; outer bracts minute, spreading; inner bracts linear, erect, (spreading in fruit); receptacle flat, glabrous, pitted. Florets ligulate, bisexual, yellow; ligule broad-linear to cuneate, minutely 5-toothed; anthers sagittate at base, with triangular appendages at apex; style bilobed, with linear, terete, papillose branches. Cypselas fusiform, ribbed, with a filiform beak surrounded at base by a ring of scales; pappus of several series of fine bristles, often deciduous with beak of cypsela.

About 15 species, from Europe, northern Africa and Asia; 1 species naturalised in Australia

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1999). Asteraceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Asterales
family Asteraceae
Higher taxa
genus Chondrilla
Subordinate taxa