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Family: Compositae

Citation: D. Don, Philos. Mag. Ann. Chem. 11:388 (1832).

Derivation: Greek mikros, small; seris, chicory; referring to the tuberous roots, resembling small Cichorium roots.

Synonymy: Phyllopappus Walp., Linnaea 14:507 (1840).

Common name: None

Perennial herb with fleshy tuberous roots; leaves all basal, erect, thin, flat.

Capitula solitary on erect naked scapes, homogamous; involucre cylindric, 4- or 5-seriate; bracts imbricate, unequal, herbaceous with membranous margins; receptacle flat, naked, pitted; florets all bisexual, fertile, ligulate; ligules linear, yellow; corolla tube narrowly cylindric, pubescent above; anthers sagittate at the base, with small rounded apical appendages; style branches short, subterete, linear-oblong, obtuse, papillose.

Achenes all similar, terete, ribbed; pappus uniseriate, of free scarious scales with acuminate apices produced into barbellate bristles.

Distribution:  14 species in North and South America and Australasia.

Biology: No text

Author: Not yet available

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