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Herbs, annual, weak; stems glabrous or puberulous, erect or decumbent, leafy, usually branched or simple. Leaves radical as well as cauline, chiefly radical, usually linear, entire, narrowed at both ends, pointed or rounded at apex, glabrous or sparsely hairy. Heads cylindric, small, erect; peduncle erect, slender. Outer involucral bracts usually few, subequal, ovate or ovate-lanceolate; inner linear-lanceolate, keeled. Receptacle naked. Ligules yellow, 5-toothed. Stamens 5, appendaged; anthers introrse, slender, base sagittate. Style slender; stigma bifid. Achenes narrowly linear, usually much exceeding the bracts, spreading and incurved, ribbed; ribs with a row of glochidate spines.

In temperate to alpine regions of Central Asia, W. Asia, N. Africa and Europe. ca 8 species, 1 in India.




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