Acamptopappus sphaerocephalus (A. Gray) A.Gray.

Family:  Asteraceae

Habit:  Low (to 1 m.) much-branched desert shrub with white bark.

Distribution:  Found in gravelly or rocky soils, on flats or slopes in deserts to juniper woodlands; in the mountains and deserts of southern California to Utah, Nevada, and Arizona.

Seed unit:  Achene.

Seed:   Achene less than 3 mm. long, densely long-hairy, hairs white to bronze.  Pappus of stiff, widely spreading bristles.

Embryo:  Foliar embryo, no endosperm. 

Purity instructions:   Pure seed definition:
AOSA: PSU# 50 - Intact achene, with or without one or more of the following structures: beak, bristle, hairs, pappus, wing, or firmly attached floral remnants, provided a true seed with some degree of embryo development can be detected (either by slight pressure or by examination over light).
Piece of broken achene larger than one-half of the original size, unless no seed is present. Seed, with or without pericarp/seed coat; if broken, larger than one-half the original size.
ISTA: PSD# 5 - Achene with or without pappus or bristle, unless it is obvious that no seed is present.

Average pure seed units per gram:  1,015 seeds per gram (based on AOSA pure seed units only from 7 samples received for testing from 1998 to 2004).

Range of percent pure seed:   47 to 59%

Range of percent inert:  38 to 52%

Description of inert:  Plant material, dead insects.

Planting instructions:  400 seeds, TB, 14 days @ 20C; for fresh and dormant seed, prechill recommended.

References: (link to main reference page)
Hickman, J.C., Ed.  1993.  p. 188.
Munz, P.A. and D.D. Keck.  1968.  p. 1168.
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