Callistephus Cass.

Callistephus is a monotypic genus and originally native in China. It is a segregate of Aster but readily distinguished by its double pappus (outer series of short, bristle-like squamellae) and a distinct involucre of foliaceous outer bracts and white-scarious inner bracts. Its only species, Callistephus chinensis (Chinese aster), is a popular ornamental plant (but perhaps less so in recent times).


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