Carphochaete spp.
Family: Asteraceae
Carphochaete image
Jillian Cowles  
Subshrubs or shrubs, (8-)20-45(-120+)[-300] cm. Stems erect [decumbent], branched from bases and/or ± throughout. Leaves cauline; opposite [alternate]; sessile; blades 1(-3)-nerved, narrowly elliptic or oblanceolate to linear, faces glabrate or puberulent, gland-dotted (in pits). Heads discoid, usually borne singly or in pairs [in ± cymiform arrays]. Involucres cylindric [turbinate], [2-]3-5 mm diam. Phyllaries persistent (at least outer), 8-12+ in 3-4+ series, not notably nerved, deltate-ovate to oblong, lanceolate, or linear, unequal. Receptacles flat to slightly convex (glabrous), epaleate [partially paleate]. Florets 3-4[-6+]; corollas white or pink to purple, throats narrowly funnelform (sometimes puberulent inside), lobes 5, narrowly triangular to linear (adaxially densely papillose); styles: bases enlarged, glabrous, branches ± filiform (appendages cylindric or slightly flattened, densely papillose). Cypselae subcylindric, [4-]8-10-ribbed, ± hirtellous; pappi persistent, of 0-5+ muticous, erose, lacerate, or lanceolate to subulate scales (1-4 mm) plus [5-]9-12+ aristate scales (10-15 mm) [coroniform]. x = 11, 12.