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Electronic Flora of South Australia genus Fact Sheet

Family: Compositae
Cynara

Citation: L., Sp. Pl. 827 (1753).

Derivation: Greek kinara, apparently a name for the globe artichoke, C. scolymus.

Synonymy: Not Applicable

Common name: None

Description:
Spiny perennial herbs; stems erect, terete; leaves basal and cauline, alternate, pinnatipartite.

Capitula terminal, solitary or in loose cymes of 2 or 3, large, globose, homogamous; involucres campanulate; bracts rigid, herbaceous, spine-tipped, imbricate in several unequal series; receptacle hairy; florets all tubular, bisexual, fertile; corolla narrow below, abruptly widened and 5-lobed above; anthers exserted, sagittate at the base, with subulate sterile appendages at the apex; style branches long-exserted, diverging at the apex only, without appendages.

Achene ohovoid, glabrous; pappus of numerous plumose bristles connate in a ring at the base and deciduous as a unit.

Distribution:  10 species in the Mediterranean region.

Biology: No text

Author: Not yet available


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