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Electronic Flora of South Australia genus Fact Sheet

Family: Compositae
Leucanthemum

Citation: Miller, Gard. Dict. edn 4 (1754).

Derivation: Latin leucanthemum, a name used by Pliny for some species of chamomile.

Synonymy: Not Applicable

Common name: None

Description:
Perennial herbs with rhizomes; leaves mostly cauline, sessile, dentate to serrulate.

Capitula solitary or few in a loose corymb, terminal, long-pedunculate, radiate, heterogamous; involucres hemispherical; bracts herbaceous below with scarious margins, imbricate in 2 or 3 unequal series; receptacle convex, naked, pitted; ray florets female, uniseriate, ligulate, white; style branches linear with papillose apices; disk florets tubular, 5-merous, bisexual, fertile; corolla narrowly campanulate, yellow; anthers obtuse at the base with ovate apical appendages; style branches broadly linear, truncate with papillose apices.

Achenes all similar, terete, symmetrical, narrowly obconic, ribbed; pappus a minute crown or absent.

Distribution:  About 25 species in Europe, Asia and northern Africa; several are cultivated for ornament and 1 is naturalised in Australia.

Biology: No text

Key to Species:
1. Stems unbranched, each one with a solitary capitulum
L. maximum 1.
1. Stems branched, capitula solitary or 2 or 3 together on each branch
L. vulgare 2.

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