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Genus Bellis Family Asteraceae

Description: Small annual and perennial herbs.

Leaves alternate or basal, entire to serrate-crenate.

Inflorescence solitary, on long peduncles. Involucral bracts in 2 rows, subequal, herbaceous. Receptacle conical to nearly flat; scales absent. Ligulate florets white and often tinged with purple-crimson. Inner florets 4- or 5-lobed, yellow, corolla tube campanulate.

Achenes compressed, with thickened margin; pappus absent, rarely represented by a ring of very short bristles.


Photo © ANBG

Distribution and occurrence: 8 species native to Europe and the Mediterranean.

Text by Lawrence Mou
Taxon concept: Flora Europaea 4 (1976)

One species: Bellis perennis

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