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Lessingia leptoclada
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Tribe: Astereae[1]
Genus: Lessingia
Type species
Lessingia germanorum[2]

Lessingia is a genus of plants in the daisy family which are native to western North America. Several species are endemic to California.[3][4][5]

Lessingias are generally daisy-like in appearance with white, yellow, or purple flowers, but they vary in appearance. Some lessingias are sometimes treated as members of different genera, such as Benitoa. The San Francisco lessingia, Lessingia germanorum, is an endangered species.[6][7][8]

  1. Lessingia arachnoidea - Crystal Springs lessingia - California (Sonoma, San Mateo, Santa Cruz Cos)
  2. Lessingia germanorum - San Francisco lessingia - California (San Mateo Co)
  3. Lessingia glandulifera - valley lessingia - California, Arizona, Nevada
  4. Lessingia hololeuca - woollyhead lessingia - California (from Yolo + Sonoma Cos to Monterey Co)
  5. Lessingia lemmonii - Lemmon's lessingia - Arizona, California
  6. Lessingia leptoclada - Sierra lessingia - California (from Plumas Co to Los Angeles Co)
  7. Lessingia micradenia - Mt. Tamalpais lessingia - California (Marin + Santa Clara Cos)
  8. Lessingia nana - dwarf lessingia - California (From Tehama Co to Kern Co)
  9. Lessingia nemaclada - slenderstem lessingia - California (From Siskiyou Co to Kern Co)
  10. Lessingia pectinata - Sonoma lessingia - California (From San Bernardino Co to Contra Coasta + El Dorado Cos)
  11. Lessingia ramulosa - California (From Tehama Co to Marin Co)
  12. Lessingia tenuis - spring lessingia - California (From Ventura Co to Alameda Co)
  13. Lessingia virgata - wand lessingia - California (From Fresno Co to Shasta Co)
formerly included[1]

Species once regarded as part of Lessingia, now considered more suited to other genera: Artemisia Benitoa Cacalia Chrysolaena Corethrogyne Lessingianthus Vernonia


  1. ^ a b c Flann, C (ed) 2009+ Global Compositae Checklist search for Lessingia
  2. ^ Tropicos, Lessingia Cham.
  3. ^ Chamisso, Ludolf Karl Adelbert von. 1829. Linnaea 4(2): plate II (2), figure 2 line drawings of Lessingia germanorum
  4. ^ Chamisso, Ludolf Karl Adelbert von. 1829. Linnaea 4(2): 203–204 in Latin
  5. ^ Lane, M. A. (1992). New combinations in Californian Lessingia (Compositae: Astereae). Novon 2:3 213-14.
  6. ^ Flora of North America Vol. 20 Page 452 Lessingia Chamisso, Linnaea. 4: 203, plate 2, fig. 2. 1829.
  7. ^ Markos, S. and B. G. Baldwin. 2001. Higher-level relationships and major lineages of Lessingia (Compositae, Astereae) based on nuclear rDNA internal and external transcribed spacer (ITS and ETS) sequences. Systematic Botany 26: 168–183
  8. ^ Markos, S. 2005. Taxonomic changes in Lessingia (Compositae: Astereae). Madroño 52: 60–61.
  9. ^ The Plant List search for Lessingia

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