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Family: Asteraceae

Citation: L., Sp. Pl. 896 (1753).

Derivation: After Achilles, who is said to have used this herb to staunch the wounds of Telephus.

Synonymy: Not Applicable

Common name: None

Perennial herbs with rhizomes; leaves basal and cauline, alternate, numerous, pinnatifid to bipinnatisect.

Capitula numerous in terminal corymbs, pedicellate, radiate, heterogamous; involucres campanulate; bracts herbaceous with scarious margins, imbricate in about 3 unequal series; receptacle convex with oblong membranous scales; ray florets uniseriate, female, with short ovate to orbicular ligules; ray achenes more or less flattened, smooth; pappus absent; disk florets tubular, 5-merous, bisexual, fertile; corollas funnel-shaped; anthers shortly tailed at the base with ovate apical appendages; style branches broadly linear, truncate, with papillose apices.

Disk achenes similar to ray achenes.

Distribution:  About 85 species in Europe and Asia.

Biology: No text

Key to Species:
1. Ligules white to deep-pink
A. millefolium 1.
1. Ligules yellow
A. tomentosa 2.

Author: Not yet available

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