Pseudognaphalium californicum (DC.)

Family: Asteraceae, Tribe: Gnaphalieae

Pertinent Synonyms & Notes (particularly those used in California; go to GRIN for other synonyms)

Gnaphalium californicum DC.

Pertinent Common Names (particularly those used in California; go to GRIN for other common names)

California rabbit-tobacco

Primary Disseminule Type

fruit (usually with pappus missing)

Description (diagnostics are in brown)

Fruit a cypsela, oblong to oblanceolate, plump to somewhat puckered, sometimes slightly dorsally curved base towards apex, mildly compressed, cross-section elliptic to oblong, 0.6–0.8 mm long x 0.2–0.3 mm wide x 0.1–0.2 mm thick. Surface light to dark brown (darker at the ends, lighter fruits may be immature), typically smooth to weakly papillate-roughened in some specimens, glabrous, with a light sheen, typically with a thin longitudinal ridge on the dorsal and ventral sides. Pappus of barbellate bristles, easily deciduous.

Style base missing or inconspicuous (pointy remnant) or prominent (lobed), whitish, apical scar ca. 0.1 mm across.

Fruit attachment scar basal, white, shiny, ring-like.

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Risk Assessment (codes in yellow or red indicate cause for concern; assessments are current as of mid-2011; click AUQP, NZBORIC, or NZBPI for access to the most recent versions of these databases and possible assessment changes)