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Herbs, erect, branched; stems pubescent. Leaves alternate, entire or dentate. Heads heterogamous, disciform, terminal or axillary, usually cernuous, small. Involucre hemispherical. Involucral bracts multiseriate; the outer ones longer, leafy; the inner ones shorter or subscarious. Receptacle flat, naked. Outer florets female, numerous, tubular, 3 - 5-lobed. Ray florets female, numerous, tubular, 3 - 5-lobed. Disc florets bisexual, 5-lobed. Achenes linear, elongate, striate, costate, narrowed and rostrate above; rostrum often glandular with a thickened corona. Pappus absent.

Temperate and subtropical Asia, S. Europe; ca 20 species, 3 in India.


1a. Heads numerous, almost erect, inserted along the whole length of branches; leaves sessile or subsessile 1. Carpesium abrotanoides
b. Heads solitary or few, nodding. terminal or subracemose; lower leaves petioled 2
2a. Heads 0.4 - 0.6 cm across; involucral bracts mucronate, recurved; achenes glabrous, punctate at beak and base 3. Carpesium trachelifolium
b. Heads 0.6 - 2.5 cm across; involucral bracts acute or obtuse, not recurved; achenes glandular at beak and base 2. Carpesium cernuum

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