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Amberboa (Pers.) Less.

Annuals. Leaves alternate. Heads heterogamous, purple, violet or blue. Ray florets 1-seriate, neutral. Disc florets bisexual, fertile tube slender, short; limb cylindric, 5-fid. Involucral bracts many-seriate; outer shorter, acute, awned or spinescent; innermost narrow, acute. Receptacle flat, densely bristly. Filaments glabrous or hairy; anther bases sagittate, auricles connate, shortly tailed. Style filiform; arms free or connate. Achenes obovoid or oblong, subulate or angled, 5 - 15-ribbed. Pappus bristles many-seriate; outermost shorter; innermost 2 - 4, dialated and flattened.

Mediterranean to C. Asia; ca 20 species, 2 in India.

Literature. ILJIN, M.M. (1932). A critical survey of the genus Amberboa Less. Bull. lord. Bot. Acad. Sci. URSS 30: 101-116. (In Russian with a brief English resume). SHARMA, A.M. (1982). J. Econ. Tax. Bot. 3(2): 529.


1a. Heads ca 1.2 cm across 2. Amberboa ramosa
b. Heads ca 2 cm across 1. Amberboa moschata

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