(A. Gray) A. Gray

Proc. Amer. Acad. Arts 8: 634. 1873.

Common names: Goldenhead
Etymology: Greek akamptos, stiff or unbending, and pappus, alluding to thick pappus elements
Basionym: Haplopappus sect. Acamptopappus A. Gray Mem. Amer. Acad. Arts, n. s. 4: 76. 1849 (as Aplopappus)
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 20. Treatment on page 184. Mentioned on page 5, 185.
FNA20 P18 Lorandersonia pulchella.jpegLorandersonia pulchella
Tonestus lyallii
Acamptopappus sphaerocephalus var. sphaerocephalus
John Myers
Yevonn Wilson-Ramsey
Barbara Alongi

Shrubs, 20–40 cm (deciduous; taproots woody). Stems erect (older portions gray, usually with shredding bark), branched, spinescent with age, glabrous or hirtellous. Leaves cauline; alternate (sometimes in axillary fascicles); petiolate or sessile; blades (gray-green) 1-nerved, narrowly lanceolate or narrowly obovate or spatulate, margins entire, faces glabrous, scabrous, or scabro-hirtellous, eglandular. Heads radiate or discoid, borne singly or in loose corymbiform arrays (pedunculate). Involucres campanulate to hemispheric or globose, (4–13 ×) 7–16 mm. Phyllaries 13–25 in 3 series, appressed (reflexing at maturity, bases yellowish, apices green), 1-nerved (flat), broadly ovate to elliptic-ovate, unequal, margins broadly hyaline, lacerate, faces glabrous. Receptacles flat to slightly convex, deeply pitted (pit margins ± lacerate), epaleate. Ray-florets usually 5–14, sometimes 0, pistillate, fertile; corollas yellow. Disc-florets 13–45, bisexual, fertile; corollas yellow, tubes longer than funnelform throats, lobes 5, reflexed, lanceolate; style-branch appendages triangular-lanceolate. Cypselae obconic, compressed, nervation not evident, faces densely sericeous to villous (some hairs ascending-spreading, others appressed and tortuous); pappi persistent, of 18–22, variably thick, broadly flattened, subequal, marginally barbellate or barbellulate to smooth, apically attenuate (ray) to spatulate (disc), setiform scales (heights equaling disc corollas) in 1–2 series, plus much shorter bristles or setae. x = 9.


sw United States


Species 2 (2 in the flora).

Acamptopappus is essentially endemic to the Mojave Desert of California, Arizona, Nevada, and Utah. The genus is recognized as low, white-barked, desert shrubs with pedunculate heads, borne singly or in loose, corymbiform arrays, with ovate phyllaries with broad hyaline margins, 0 or 5–14 yellow rays, sericeous to villous cypselae, and thick pappus scales.


1 Heads borne singly; involucres campanulate to hemispheric, 7–10 mm wide; rays 5–14 Acamptopappus shockleyi
1 Heads in loose, corymbiform arrays; involucres hemispheric to globose, 8–16 mm wide; rays 0 Acamptopappus sphaerocephalus

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... more about "Acamptopappus"
not tailed +, rounded +  and obtuse +
distinct +
subequal +
scarious +
usually triangular +  and linear +
usually deltate +  and lanceolate +
indeterminate +  and determinate +
Guy L. Nesom +
(A. Gray) A. Gray +
decurrent +
Haplopappus sect. Acamptopappus +
spatulate;obovate;lanceolate +
rugulose +  and muricate +
barbellulate +  and barbellate +
Goldenhead +
not 2-lipped +  and actinomorphic +
beaked +, 2-ribbed +  and 5-ribbed +
compressed +  and obconic +
fertile +  and bisexual +
fertile +  and bisexual +
sw United States +
Greek akamptos, stiff or unbending, and pappus, alluding to thick pappus elements +
densely sericeous +  and villous +
pistillate +, staminate +  and neuter +
winged +  and beaked +
dispersed +
discoid +  and radiate +
in loose corymbiform arrays +  and singly +
indeterminate +
heterogamous +  and homogamous +
each +  and sessile +
campanulate;hemispheric or globose +
sessile +  and petiolate +
lanceolate +
lacerate +
2-carpellate +
barbellulate +  and smooth +
persistent +
apically attenuate +  and spatulate +
subequal +
broadly ovate +  and elliptic-ovate +
Proc. Amer. Acad. Arts +
bearing subulate enations +, hairy +  and bristly +
flat;slightly convex +
lane1988a +
setiform +
exalbuminous +
spinescent +  and branched +
hirtellous +  and glabrous +
triangular-lanceolate +
appendaged +  and truncate +
papillate +  and smooth +
Compositae +
Acamptopappus +
Asteraceae tribe Astereae +
perennial +, biennial +  and annual +