Tragopogon miscellus

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Tragopogon miscellus
Scientific classification
T. miscellus
Binomial name
Tragopogon miscellus

Tragopogon miscellus, the Moscow salsify,[1] is a species native to the States of Washington and Idaho. Intensive studies over the course of many years have demonstrated that it originated as an allopolyploid hybrid between T. dubius and T. pratensis, both of which are European species naturalized in the US. Tragopogon miscellus has become established in the wild, reproducing by its own, thus deserving recognition as a species.[2][3][4]

Tragopogon miscellus is an herb up to 150 cm (60 inches) tall. Leaves are slightly tomentose when young, nearly glabrous when mature, with a tip that is recoiled (curved backwards). Flowers are yellow.[2][5]


  1. ^ "Tragopogon miscellus". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 14 December 2015.
  2. ^ a b Ownbey, M. 1950. Natural hybridization and amphiploidy in the genus Tragopogon. American Journal of Botany 37:487-499.
  3. ^ S.J. Novak, D.E. Soltis, & P.S. Soltis. 1991. Ownbey's Tragopogons Forty Years Later. American Journal of Botany 78:1586-1600.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ Flora of North America v 19-21, p 305.