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Published In: Species Plantarum 1: 98. 1753. (1 May 1753) (Sp. Pl.) Name publication detailView in BotanicusView in Biodiversity Heritage Library

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Acceptance : Accepted
Project Data     (Last Modified On 6/3/2011)
General/Distribution: A genus of c. 100 species distributed in temperate Europe, the Mediterranean region, Asia and E. Africa. Represented here by 4 species.


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Perennial or annual herbs. Leaves opposite, entire or divided. Involucrate heads often radiant. Involucral bracts usually herbaceous. Calyx limb of 5 aristate setae. Corolla tubular, 5-lobed. Stamens 4. Involucel 8-grooved or with 8 pits above, expanded above into a scarious corona; the achene adnate to the involucel and crowned by the calyx.

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1 Plants perennial (2)
+ Plants annual (3)
2 (1) Flower heads 1(-1.2) cm broad. Involucral bracts ovate to elliptic-ovate. Calyx setae Brown. Involucel 3 mm long Scabiosa candollei
+ Flower heads 2-3 cm broad. Involucral bracts lanceolate to linear-lanceolate. Calyx setae black. Involucel 5-7 mm long
3 (1) Fruiting heads 0.9-1.2(-1.5) cm broad. Involucral bracts 4-6 mm long. Corona 1.5-3 mm long with percurrent Nerves. Ribs between pits of involucel not sulcate Scabiosa olivieri
+ Fruiting heads 2-2.2 cm broad. Involucral bracts 0.8-1 (-1.6) cm long. Corona 6.5-7.5 mm long, expanded with excurrent nerves. Ribs between pits of involucel subsulcate
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