Dendranthema (DC.) Des Moul.

Greek dendron — tree, anthemon — flower; the allusion is uncertain.

Perennial herbs or subshrubs, aromatic. Stems prostrate to erect. Leaves along stems, alternate, margins entire to divided. Capitula radiate, terminal, solitary or in corymbs, with stalks. Involucral bracts usually in 3 rows, overlapping, unequal, with dark brown margins. Receptacle convex to conical. Ray florets female, ligulate, white, pink or yellowish. Disk florets bisexual, tubular, yellow.achenes obovoid, ribbed. Pappus absent.

Involucral bracts with dark brown margins; corolla tube of disk florets glandular.

About 37 species, mainly from E Asia.

Source: Lawson, L.; Spencer, R. (2002). Dahlia. 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