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Silphium Linnaeus. Rosinweed.

Contributed by Mason Brock and Alan Weakley

Key to Silphium

A genus of 20-30 species, herbs, of e. North America.

Key advice:The taxonomic treatment is more than usually problematic; it needs considerable additional work in the field and herbarium, and will likely be substantially modified in the future. Pales are receptacular bracts which subtend all or some of the disc florets of capitulum. They differ from phyllaries in that they subtend individual florets atop the receptacle vs. phyllaries which subtend the entire head of flowers. They are present within some, but not all, Asteraceae genera, and are most common in the Heliantheae tribe.

Ref: Clevinger (2004); Clevinger (2006) In Flora of North America Editorial Committee (2006c); Cronquist (1980); Cruden (1962); Medley (1989); Perry (1937); Steyermark (1951); Sweeney (1970). Show full citations.

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