Acanthospermum

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Introduced

Decumbent to erect annual herbs. Leaves petiolate or sessile, opposite with entire or dentate margins. Capitula hemispherical, radiate, 1(–3) in leaf axils or branch forks; involucral bracts 10–13, 2-seriate; outer series herbaceous, persistent; inner series enveloping ray florets, becoming hardened and enlarged at fruiting and shed with cypselas; receptacle convex, with membranous scales. Ray florets 1-seriate, female, yellowish; disc florets functionally male, tubular, corolla funnel-shaped or campanulate, 5-lobed, yellowish; styles hispidulous with filiform branches; anthers sagittate at base. Cypselas enclosed within bracts, entire accessory fruit ellipsoid, fusiform or compressed and cuneate, prickly; pappus absent.

6 species native to the New World; 2 species introduced in Australia.

Created by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2015-12-11
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-05-09
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Asterales
family Asteraceae
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