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Leaves lyrate, pinnatifid or sinuate, often undeveloped. Scapes 1-4, appearing twice a year (vernal and autmnal generations). Heads dimorphic. Vernal generation. Leaves undeveloped or wanting, all parts densely whitish felted or cobwebby tomentose. Heads small. All florets fertile. Involucral bracts linear-lanceolate, elliptic or ovate-oblong, subseriate. Anthers tailed. Achenes elliptic, 5-8-ribbed, hairy, tapering or beaked. Autumnal generation. Leaves large. Heads cleistogamous. Florets female, of 2 types; outer somewhat rayed; lower limb short, tridentate; upper narrow, filiform. Achenes larger than in the vernal generation.

Notes. The dimorphic heads in this genus are most remarkable.

Himalayas, E. Asia and C.I.S.; 4 species, 2 in India.


1a. Involucre glabrous; achenes not beaked 1. Leibnitzia nepalensis
b. Involucre tomentose; achenes distinctly beaked 2. Leibnitzia ruficoma

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