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Electronic Flora of South Australia genus Fact Sheet

Family: Compositae
Cichorium

Citation: L., Sp. Pl. 813 (1753).

Derivation: Greek cichorion, the name applied to C. intybus in classical times.

Synonymy: Not Applicable

Common name: None

Description:
Perennial herb with a tap root; vestiture of minute glandular and non-glandular hairs; basal leaves runcinate-pinnatifid to dentate, fiat, forming a rosette; stems terete, rigid, divaricate-branched, with small remote leaves.

Capitula sessile, axillary and terminal, homogamous; involucre cylindrical, unequally 2-seriate; bracts herbaceous with thickened and hardened bases, glandular-hairy, remaining erect in fruit; receptacle flat, naked, pitted; florets bisexual, fertile, ligulate; ligules broadly linear, blue; corolla tube extremely short, pubescent; anthers tailed at the base, with very short obtuse apical appendages; style branches linear, terete, pubescent.

Achenes obovoid, slightly 4-angled, truncate, glabrous; pappus a crown of minute scarious scales.

Distribution:  9 species in Europe, the Mediterranean and northern Africa.

Biology: No text

Author: Not yet available


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