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Sonchus

See list of 3 species in this genus

Reference: Hyatt (2006).

  • 1a. Plants perennial, with deep-seated, creeping rhizomes; capitula 3–5 cm wide in flower; involucre 14–22 mm tall in fruit
  • 1b. Plants annual, with taproots; capitula 1.5–2.5 cm wide in flower; involucre 9–13 mm tall 
in fruit
    • 2a. Cypsela body with 3 (–5) ribs on each face, otherwise smooth; leaf blades relatively firm, with stiff prickles and rounded basal auricles [Fig. 460]; peduncles glandular-pubescent
    • 2b. Cypsela body with 5–7 ribs on each face and transversely rugulose; leaf blades relatively soft, with softer prickles and triangular to narrow-triangular basal auricles; peduncles glabrous or infrequently with a few glandular hairs

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