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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: Cichorioideae
Tribus: Cichorieae
Subtribus: Microseridinae
Genus: Lygodesmia
Species: L. aphylla – L. exigua – L. grandiflora - L. juncea – L. ramosissima – L. texana


Lygodesmia D.Don, Edinburgh New Philos. J. 6: 311. (1829)

Type species: L. juncea (Pursh) D.Don ex Hook., vide Pfeiffer, 1874.


Lygodesmia, called skeletonplant,[3] is a genus of North American flowering plants in the dandelion tribe within the sunflower family.[2][4]

The name derives from the Greek lygos, a pliant twig, and desme, a bundle, because of the fascicled twiggy or rush-like stems of the plants.[5]


Lygodesmia aphylla - FL GA AL
Lygodesmia arizonica - AZ NM CO UT
Lygodesmia dianthopsis - AZ UT NV ID
Lygodesmia doloresensis - CO UT
Lygodesmia entrada - UT
Lygodesmia grandiflora - AZ NM CO UT WY
Lygodesmia juncea - widespread across western Canada + western United States
Lygodesmia ramosissima - AZ TX Chihuahua, Durango, Sonora
Lygodesmia texana - TX OK NM Coahuila, Nuevo León


Flann, C (ed) 2009+ Global Compositae Checklist Archived 2014-11-06 at
Don, David. 1829. Edinburgh New Philosophical Journal 6: 311 in Latin
Flora of North America, Vol. 19, 20 and 21 Page 369 Skeletonplant, Lygodesmia D. Don
Tropicos, Lygodesmia D. Don
Saskatchewan Conservation Data Centre: Shinnersoseris rostrata, Plant Characterization Abstract.
Biota of North America Program 2013 county distribution maps

Don, D. 1829. Edinburgh New Philosophical Journal 6: 311.
Hassler, M. 2019. Lygodesmia. 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. 2019. Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2019 Mar. 30. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2919. Lygodesmia. Published online. Accessed: Mar. 30 2919.
Farr, E.R. & Zijlstra, G. (eds.) 1996 onwards. Lygodesmia in Index Nominum Genericorum (Plantarum). Accessed: 2011 Sept 16.
Pfeiffer, L.K.G. 1874. Nom. 2(1): 183.
Tomb, A.S. 1980. Taxonomy of Lygodesmia (Asteraceae). Systematic Botany Monograph 1: 1–51. 2019. Lygodesmia. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2019 Mar. 30.

Vernacular names
English: Skeleton Plant

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