Asteriscus Mill.

Greek asteriskos — little star, from the shape of the capitula.

Annual or perennial herbs or subshrubs. Leaves basal and/or along stems, alternate, entire, hairy. Capitula radiate, terminal, solitary. Involucral bracts in several overlapping rows, unequal, the outer leaf-like and spreading. Receptacle with folded scales, smooth, convex. Ray florets female, yellow or cream.disk florets bisexual, tubular, yellow. Achenes variable, sometimes terete, compressed and winged or 3- or 4-angled, usually hairy. Pappus of large scales, sometimes absent in outer achenes.

Entire simple leaves; folded receptacle scales; pappus of large scales.

3 species from S Europe, N Africa and the Middle East.

Wiklund (1985).

Source: Jeanes, J. (2002). Asteraceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 4. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 3. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Asteranae
order      Asterales
family       Asteraceae