Mantisalca is a genus of flowering plants in the thistle tribe within the daisy family. Annual or perennial plants. Small, ovoid / conical to globose chapters , constricted at the apex. Bracts involucral applied imbricated with rather short apical spine, except inmates who lack it. Colorful pink / mauve, more rarely white. Achenes homomorfos or heteromorphic, with or without vilano (which may be single or multiple) and Elaiosome .