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This species is accepted, and its native range is Bolivia (Santa Cruz).


Hind, D.J.N. 2013. The identity of Cosmos herzogii (Compositae: Heliantheae: Coreopsidinae) from Santa Cruz, Eastern Bolivia. Kew Bulletin 68: 505.

Morphology General Habit
Straggly perennial, 0.30 – 1 m tall and 0.4 – 1 m across; rootstock a deep taproot
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Disc
Disc florets 16 – 20, hermaphrodite, corolla basal tube short, c. 1 mm long, expanding into long upper throat, throat ± cylindrical, 6 – 7 × 1.5 – 2 mm, sparsely pubescent throughout, hairs appressed uniseriate, multicellular and eglandular, corollas 5-lobed, lobes triangular, 1 × 0.7 mm, erect, apices usually slightly incurved and touching base of anther cylinder, conspicuously sub-marginally dark-veined (conspicuously so in herbarium material), apex of lobes mammillate inside, smooth and glabrous outside; anther filaments glabrous, bases inserted at apex of corolla tube, anther collar conspicuous and appearing balusterform; anther cylinder dark brown, conspicuously and exserted from corolla tube at maturity; connective and mid-vein of apical anther appendage dark-brown to black and shiny (in herbarium material), apical anther appendages triangular, broader than long, constricted at base above pollen sacs; pollen orange; style base lacking basal node, glabrous, style shaft glabrous, style arms yellow, spreading and conspicuously exserted from anther cylinder, short-papillate above from bifurcation to spreading portion, long-papillate outside from base of spreading portion through to conspicuous long-appendage
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Florets
Ray florets neuter, 7 or 8, ray limbs narrowly- to broadly- elliptic, 1.5 – 2 × 0.25 – 0.45 (− 0.9) cm, 5 – 9 veined (venation conspicuous and brown against the yellowish-cream of ray lamina in herbarium material, often with 2 outermost sub-marginal), glabrous above, sparsely pubescent above venation beneath, hairs appressed, uniseriate, multicellular and eglandular, limb apices entire or 2-toothed
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Achenes erect when immature and rotate when mature, 9 – 12 mm long × 1 – 1.5 mm across, body somewhat compressed and straight, slightly curved lengthwise, or with apical portion curved markedly, body glabrous, with one rib/angle on dorsal and ventral surfaces and 3 – 4 minor striae on either side of the main rib/angle, usually mid- to pale- brown or fawnish, apices erostrate; carpopodium scarcely discernible, pale and procurrent with basal tissue; pappus of 2 – 4 short erect or abortive awns (Fig. 1P) or epappose (Fig. 1Q), awns 0.3 – 1 mm when present with few retrorse barbs near apices
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence markedly overtopping leafy stems, pedicel (of solitary capitula) or basal peduncle of few-headed cymes (below primary branching), 5 – 9.5 (− 15) cm, ultimate pedicels 1.5 – 5.5 cm long, upper leaf-like bracts opposite at base of first-order branching, solitary and alternate with higher-order capitula, all simple, 10 – 35 mm long × c. 1 mm wide, linear, grooved above, margins entire, apices acute, often purplish; buds purple
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Capitulum
Capitula heterogamous and radiate, 2.5 – 3.8 cm diam.; involucre globose in bud, very broadly campanulate in flower; phyllaries biseriate, dimorphic, outer phyllaries 8, base with a distinct basal bulge, strongly recurved in flower and fruit, 4 – 5 × 0.5 mm, glabrous, green throughout, inner phyllaries 8, at first erect to slightly recurved later recurving in mature capitula and in fruit, 7 – 8 × 1.5 mm, margins entire and glabrous, scarious, central portion usually brownish (in dried material) but coloured portion ending before tip, often 4 – 5-veined, veins dark brown (in dried material), apices ciliate to penicillate; receptacle flat, paleaceous; paleae at first inconspicuous between disc florets except for outermost that resemble narrower inner phyllaries, inner later prominent and erect to recurved, 7 – 8 × 1 mm, lamina with broad hyaline pale margins, middle of lamina usually coloured, 3 – 8-veined, venation brownish (becoming more conspicuous in dried material), apices acute, ciliate (described by Sherff as ‘irregulariteracriterque 1 – 2-dentatae,…’ but not seen in material examined here)
Morphology Stem
Stems glabrous, bases woody, leafless, with conspicuous nodal scars, upper stems simple to few- or many- branched, laxly to densely leafy
Type: ‘Theodor Herzog 496, an abundant “half-shrub” (“Halbstrauch”) on sandstone, alt. about 900 m, summit of Cerro San Miserate, Chiquitos, Department of Santa Cruz, Bolivia, May, 1907’. (holotype B†; isotype G – 00077258).

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Bidens herzogii (Sherff) D.J.N.Hind appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Kew Bull. 68: 506 (2013)

Accepted by

  • Roskov Y. & al. (eds.) (2018). Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life Naturalis, Leiden, the Netherlands.


Kew Bulletin

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