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Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Cladus: Asterids
Cladus: Campanulids
Ordo: Asterales

Familia: Asteraceae
Subfamilia: Mutisioideae
Tribus: Onoserideae
Genus: Aphyllocladus
Species: A. denticulatus – A. ephedroides – A. san-martinianus – A. spartioides

Aphyllocladus Wedd., Chlor. Andina 1(1): 11. (1855)

Type species: Aphyllocladus spartioides Wedd., Chlor. Andina 1(1): 11 (t. 3, A). (1855)


Weddell, H.A. 1855. Chloris Andina 1(1): 11.
Hassler, M. 2018. Aphyllocladus. World Plants: Synonymic Checklists of the Vascular Plants of the World In: Roskovh, Y., Abucay, L., Orrell, T., Nicolson, D., Bailly, N., Kirk, P., Bourgoin, T., DeWalt, R.E., Decock, W., De Wever, A., Nieukerken, E. van, Zarucchi, J. & Penev, L., eds. 2018. Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life. Published online. Accessed: 2018 Feb. 11. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2018. Aphyllocladus. Published online. Accessed: Feb. 11 2018. 2018. Aphyllocladus. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published online. Accessed: 11 Feb. 2018.

Aphyllocladus is a genus of flowering plants in the daisy family.[2][3][4]


Aphyllocladus species are monoecious shrubs.
Stems and leaves

The species have stems with strong and very wide ribs, with tufts of long simple, two- to three-celled, flagellate hairs in the narrow grooves between them, and large secretory cavities. The linear to spathulate leaves, are alternate set along the branches, but are shedded early so the plants look leafless most of the time.

The flower heads are set individually at the tip of the branches. The lilac to purple corollas of the disc florets are deeply split, creating five coiled lobes. The anthers have stump tips, long pilose tails, and produce pollen that is higher than wide. The branches of the style are finely grainy on the outside. The one-seeded, indehiscent fruits (called cypselas) may have long-pilose hairs or lack hair altogether, but are not bristly or barbed.[5]

The following species are recognised:[1]

Aphyllocladus denticulatus (J.Rémy ex J.Rémy) Cabrera - northern Chile
Aphyllocladus ephedroides Cabrera - Argentina (La Rioja, Catamarca, San Juan)
Aphyllocladus sanmartinianus Molfino - Argentina (Mendoza, San Juan)
Aphyllocladus spartioides Wedd. - Bolivia, - Argentina (Jujuy, Salta)

Formerly placed here:

Famatinanthus decussatus, as A. decussatus - La Rioja in Argentina.[5]


The genus is native to Bolivia, Chile and Argentina.[1]

Flann, C (ed) 2009+ Global Compositae Checklist
Weddell, Hugh (Hugo) Algernon. 1855. Chloris Andina: essai d'une flore de la région alpine des Cordillères de l'Amérique du Sud 1(1): 11 description in Latin, commentary in French
Weddell, Hugh (Hugo) Algernon. 1855. Chloris Andina: essai d'une flore de la région alpine des Cordillères de l'Amérique du Sud 1(1): plate 2, figure A line drawing as illustration
Tropicos, Aphyllocladus Wedd.
Freire, Susana E.; Barboza, Gloria E.; Cantero, Juan J.; Ariza Espinar, Luis (2014). "Famatinanthus, a New Andean Genus Segregated from Aphyllocladus (Asteraceae)". Systematic Botany. 39 (1): 349–360. doi:10.1600/036364414x678062.

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