Description: Annual, biennial or perennial herbs or shrubs; aromatic, hairy.
Leaves cauline, alternate, usually pinnately dissected.
Heads in terminal pedunculate panicles, racemes or corymbs; heads hemispherical; involucral bracts 2–4-seriate, imbricate, herbaceous with scarious margin; receptacle flat to hemispherical, scales absent, sometimes hairy. Florets tubular; outer female or bisexual, uniseriate, corolla narrow and ± reduced; inner bisexual or male. Anthers acute at base, apical appendages triangular. Style branches linear, papillose, ± truncate.
Achenes all similar; compressed-obovoid, smooth, faint-striate or 2-ribbed; pappus absent or a small scarious ring.
Distribution and occurrence: World: c. 400 species, Europe, Mediterranean, Asia, southern Africa, North America. Australia: 5 species (naturalized), all mainland States except N.T.
Text by E. A. Brown
Taxa not yet included in identification key
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|1||Leaves densely hairy on upper surface; receptacle hairy||Artemisia arborescens|
|Leaves usually glabrous on upper surface; receptacle glabrous||Artemisia verlotiorum|