Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Introduced

Stout biennial herbs; stems prickly. Leaves opposite, sessile, often fused basally, simple, entire, dentate or lobed, midrib prickly. Inflorescences globose, ovoid or cylindrical heads; involucral bracts in 1 or 2 rows, linear or narrow-lanceolate, erect or spreading, spine-tipped; receptacle bracts spine-tipped; epicalyx 4-angled, united with ovary below and cupular above. Calyx cupular, entire or obscurely 4-toothed or 4-lobed, ciliate, persistent in fruit, finally shedding; corolla with 4 subequal lobes; stamens 4, anthers exserted, versatile; stigma lateral. Fruit a cypsela, 4-angled, appressed-hairy.

About 15 species, from Eurasia and into tropical Africa; 2 species naturalised in Australia.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1999). Dipsacaceae. 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 Dipsacales
family Dipsacaceae
Higher taxa
genus Dipsacus
Subordinate taxa