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196. Epaltes Cassini, Bull. Sci. Soc. Philom. Paris. 1818: 139. 1818.

鹅不食草属 e bu shi cao shu

Herbs, small, pubescent, branches spreading, prostrate, rather woody. Leaves alternate, obovate, dentate, sessile, not decurrent. Capitula axillary, solitary, shortly pedunculate, heterogamous, disciform, florets yellow. Involucre hemispheric; phyllaries 1- or 2-seriate, oblong, obtuse, scarious, entire, incurved in fruit. Receptacle naked. Marginal florets female, numerous, many seriate, fertile; corolla elongate, slender, tubular, inflated below. Central disk florets bisexual, fewer, functionally male, tubular, 4- or 5-dentate. Anthers sagittate at base; endothecial tissue radial. Style of female and bisexual florets bifid; style branches with obtuse sweeping hairs reaching below furcation. Achenes cylindric, slender, broadly 10-ribbed, hairy at base. Pappus absent. x = 10.

About 14 species: Africa, Asia, Australia, Central and South America; two species in China.

1 Leaves obovate or obovate-oblong, margin distinctly and coarsely dentate; stems and branches not winged.   1 E. australis
+ Leaves linear or linear-oblong, margin entire or inconspicuously serrulate; stems and branches winged.   2 E. divaricata

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