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Alan T. Whittemore

Annual, short-lived, generally tufted. Leaf: basal, simple, linear. Inflorescence: scapose, 1-flowered. Flower: sepals (3)5(8), 1.5–4 mm, alike, free, green or scarious-margined, spurred; petals 0–5, free, linear to narrowly spoon-shaped, long-clawed, white; stamens 5–25; pistils 10–400, 1–2.5 mm, ovules 1, styles thread-like. Fruit: achene, angled, wall not veined, styles persistent, ± enlarged in fruit; receptacle elongate, generally growing and producing ovules after flower.
± 15 species: temperate worldwide. (Greek: mouse tail) [Whittemore 1997 FNANM 3:135–138]
Unabridged etymology: (Greek: mus, mouse, and oura, tail)

Key to Myosurus

1. Fruit body not compressed, length ± = width, keel in depression; e Desert Mountains ..... M. cupulatus

1' Fruit body ± compressed laterally, length > width, keel not in depression; California Floristic Province, Great Basin Floristic Province

2. Inflorescence in fruit < leaves, peduncle 0–0.2 cm ..... M. sessilis

2' Inflorescence in fruit > leaves, peduncle 0.9–13 cm

3. Fruit beak erect, parallel to fruit surface, 0.05–0.4 mm ..... M. minimus

3' Fruit beak ± spreading, diverging from fruit surface, 0.6–1.4 mm ..... M. apetalus

4. Fruit aggregate 4–9 mm; sepal 1-veined, widely scarious-margined ..... var. borealis

4' Fruit aggregate 11–26 mm; sepal 3-veined, narrowly scarious-margined ..... var. montanus


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