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Scabiosa Linn., Sp. P1. 98. 1753. Gen. Pl. ed.5:43.1754; M.Bieb.,Fl.Taur. Cauc. 92.1808; Boiss., F1. Or.3:130.1875; C.B. Clarke in Hook.f.,Fl.Brit.Ind. 3:218.1881; Bobrov in Komarov, F1.URSS.24:56.1957; V.A. Matthews in Davis, Fl.Turk. 4:602.1972.

Scabiosa candollei

Credit: M.Y. Saleem

Perennial or annual herbs. Leaves opposite, entire or divided. Involucrate heads often radiant. Involucral bracts usually herbaceous. Calyx limb of 5 aristate setae. Corolla tubular, 5-lobed. Stamens 4. Involucel 8-grooved or with 8 pits above, expanded above into a scarious corona; the achene adnate to the involucel and crowned by the calyx.

A genus of c. 100 species distributed in temperate Europe, the Mediterranean region, Asia and E. Africa. Represented here by 4 species.

1 Plants perennial   (2)
+ Plants annual   (3)
2 (1) Flower heads 2-3 cm broad. Involucral bracts lanceolate to linear-lanceolate. Calyx setae black. Involucel 5-7 mm long   Scabiosa speciosa
+ Flower heads 1(-1.2) cm broad. Involucral bracts ovate to elliptic-ovate. Calyx setae Brown. Involucel 3 mm long   Scabiosa candollei
3 (1) Fruiting heads 2-2.2 cm broad. Involucral bracts 0.8-1 (-1.6) cm long. Corona 6.5-7.5 mm long, expanded with excurrent nerves. Ribs between pits of involucel subsulcate   Scabiosa maslakhensis
+ Fruiting heads 0.9-1.2(-1.5) cm broad. Involucral bracts 4-6 mm long. Corona 1.5-3 mm long with percurrent Nerves. Ribs between pits of involucel not sulcate   Scabiosa olivieri

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