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FNA | Family List | FNA Vol. 20 | Asteraceae | Pericallis

1. Pericallis hybrida (Regel) B. Nordenstam, Opera Bot. 44: 21. 1978.

Florists’ cineraria

Senecio hybridus Regel, Gartenflora 8: 310. 1859; Cineraria hybrida Willdenow 1809, not Bernhardi 1800

Short-lived perennials or facultative annuals, 20–80 cm. Leaves: petioles ± lengths of blades, often with expanded and clasping bases; blades 6–12 × 6–12 cm, margins wavy to dentate (distal leaves smaller, bractlike). Phyllaries 4–6 mm. Ray florets: corollas white or bicolored, proximal 1 / 3 – 2 / 3 of laminae white, the rest purplish to reddish, pinkish, or bluish. Disc corollas 2.5–3.5 mm. Cypselae glabrous or puberulent between ridges; ray cypselae slightly larger and lighter colored than the brown to black disc cypselae ( pappi of ray florets 0 or 2 subulate or setiform scales). 2n = 60.

Flowering spring (fall). Disturbed sites; 10–100 m; introduced; Calif.; Atlantic Islands (Canary Islands).

Pericallis hybrida has escaped from cultivation and is established in the cool, damp climate of the San Francisco Bay region. It is a complex of true-breeding cultivars derived from wild progenitors native to the Canary Islands (T. M. Barkley 1966); it is not a naturally occurring species. The cultivars are widely grown in glass houses and are sold as cool-season pot-plants in the horticultural trade.

The name Senecio cruentus (L’Heretier) de Candolle has been widely misapplied to Pericallis hybrida in the horticultural trade.


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