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Koelpinia Pall.


Description from Flora of China

Herbs, annual. Stem solitary, delicate. Leaves narrowly grasslike, margin entire. Synflorescence diffuse. Capitula with few to some florets. Involucre small, cylindric at anthesis, spreading in fruit. Phyllaries in 1 outer and 1 inner series. Receptacle naked. Achene columnar-scorpioid, usually with 5 ribs, abaxially and apically hooked spiny. Pappus absent.

Five species: N Africa, C, S, and SW Asia, S Europe; one species in China.

(Authors: Shi Zhu (石铸 Shih Chu); Norbert Kilian)


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