Tragopogon mirus

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Tragopogon mirus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Genus: Tragopogon
Species: T. mirus
Binomial name
Tragopogon mirus

Tragopogon mirus Ownbey, the remarkable goatsbeard,[1] is a species considered native to certain regions of North America.[2] Intensive studies over the course of many years have demonstrated that it originated as an allopolyploid hybrid between T. dubius Scop. and T. porrifolius L., both of which are European species naturalized in the US. Tragopogon mirus has become established in the wild, reproducing by its own, thus deserving recognition as a species.[3][4][5]

Tragopogon mirus is an herb up to 150 cm (60 inches) tall. Leaves are slightly tomentose when young, nearly glabrous when fully mature. Leaf apices are straight, not curved or coiled as in some other species of the genus. Flower heads are purple to brownish purple with a yellow center.[3][6][7]


  1. ^ "Tragopogon mirus". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 14 December 2015. 
  2. ^ Biota of North America Program Retrieved 26 May 2017.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ a b Ownbey, M. 1950. Natural hybridization and amphiploidy in the genus Tragopogon. American Journal of Botany 37:487-499.
  4. ^ S.J. Novak, D.E. Soltis, & P.S. Soltis. 1991. Ownbey's Tragopogons Forty Years Later. American Journal of Botany 78:1586-1600.
  5. ^ Soltis, D. E., Soltis, P. S., Pires, J. C., Kovarik, A., Tate, J. A., & Mavrodiev, E. (2004). Recent and recurrent polyploidy in Tragopogon (Asteraceae): cytogenetic, genomic and genetic comparisons. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 82, 485-501.
  6. ^ Flora of North America v 19-21 p 306.
  7. ^ Flora of Eastern Washington and Adjacent Idaho, Eastern Washington University