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Barnadesia sp.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Subfamily: Barnadesioideae
Tribe: Barnadesieae
Genus: Barnadesia
Mutis ex L.f.

Barnadesia is a genus of flowering plants in the aster family, Asteraceae.[2][3] It is native to South America, where it is distributed from Colombia to northern Argentina, with most species occurring in the Andes.[4] Common names include clavelillo, chivo caspi, espino de gato, and espino santo.[4]

These plants are mainly shrubs and small trees,[5] the largest exceeding four meters in height.[6] The stems are spiny. The flower heads contain pink, red, or purple florets, including 8 to 13 hairy ray florets and usually either one or three disc florets. The ray floret yields a fruit with a plumelike pappus, and the fruit from a disc floret has a more "bristle-like contorted pappus".[5]



  1. ^ a b Flann, C (ed) 2009+ Global Compositae Checklist
  2. ^ Linnaeus, Carl von, Jr. 1782. Supplementum Plantarum 55, 348 in Latin
  3. ^ Tropicos, Barnadesia Mutis ex L. f.
  4. ^ a b (Spanish) Barnadesia. Arboles y arbustos de los Andes del Ecuador. eFloras.
  5. ^ a b Hind, D. J. N. (2001). A new species of Barnadesia (Compositae: Barnadesieae) from Bolivia. Kew Bull 56(3), 705-10.
  6. ^ Hind, N. and T. Hall. (2003). Plate 459. Barnadesia arborea Compositae. Curtis's Botanical Magazine 20(1), 25-30.
  7. ^ Barnadesia species records. Bolivia Checklist. eFloras.
  8. ^ Urtubey, E. (1999). Revisión del género Barnadesia (Asteraceae: Barnadesioideae, Barnadesieae). Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard 86(1), 57-117.

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