Herbs or small shrubs; epigynous disc usually swelling at the base of the styles on the fruit Apiaceae
Leaves and bracts pungent pointed. Flowers in dense heads or short cylindrical spikes Eryngium
Plants less than 1 m high
Main stems very short; branches long, prostrate, like stolons but not rooting at the nodes. Basal leaves lanceolate to broad-linear, 4–15 cm long, with spreading spiny teeth. Valleys of the western Blue Mts Fl. summer–autumn Eryngium vesiculosum
Main stems erect, branched, rigid, ± ribbed, 15–50 cm high