Description of the genus
Annual or perennial herbs bearing bristly hairs and with milky latex. Leaves alternate, entire, sinuate-dentate or pinnatisect. Capitula solitary or in corymbs. Phyllaries in many rows, the outer (in ours) 3-5, ovate-cordate, resembling an epicalyx. Receptacle without scales. Flowers yellow. Florets all ligulate. Achenes curved, ribbed. Pappus of 2 rows; inner of plumose hairs; outer similar or of simple hairs.
Worldwide: c. 40 species in Europe, Mediterranean, Asia, N. Australia and tropical African Mts.
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Other sources of information about Picris:ePIC
(electronic Plant Information Center): PicrisFlora Zambesiaca
web site: PicrisGoogle
(Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for PicrisIPNI
(International Plant Names Index): PicrisKew Herbarium catalogue
Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten and Petra Ballings, 2002-13
Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T. & Ballings, P.
. Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Picris.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1575, retrieved 22 May 2013