Key to the genera of the Liabeae

1.

Capitula sessile in basal leaf rosette; style arms of ray florets spiralled

Paranephelius

 

Capitula short- to long- pedicellate; style arms usually evenly curved

2

2. (1)

Leaves not tomentose, stem and leaf hairs stiff with enlarged bases; achenes glabrous

3

 

Leaves usually tomentose, at least beneath, hairs not stiff with enlarged bases; achenes setuliferous

4

3. (2)

Small, usually decumbent herbs; leaf lamina 3-veined at base; achenes compressed with 2 ribs; pappus reduced or lacking

Philoglossa

 

Robust, erect herbs or subshrubs; leaf lamina with 5-9 veins radiating from base; achenes usually 4-angled; pappus of many awns or setae

Erato

4. (2)

Anther thecae usually blackish; style arms of disk florets less than 1/3 as long as hipidulous upper part of style shaft

Munnozia

 

Anther thecae pale; style arms often as long as hispidulous upper part of style shaft or longer

5

5. (4)

Inflorescence with all bracts or with all but basal bracts and branches subopposite or alternate; receptacle scarcely alveolate, glabrous; stems with latex

Microliabum

 

Inflorescence with all or at least primary bracts and branches opposite; receptacle with minute hairs, chaff or projections; stems without latex

Liabum