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This text currently parallels The Jepson Manual: Vascular Plants of California, Second Edition that is now available at the University of California Press.
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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)
1. Fr body not compressed, length ± = width, keel in depression; eastern DMtns ..... M. cupulatus
1' Fr body ± compressed laterally, length > width, keel not in depression; CA-FP, GB
2. Infl in fruit < leaves, peduncle 0–0.2 cm ..... M. sessilis
2' Infl in fruit > leaves, peduncle 0.9–13 cm
3. Fr beak erect, parallel to fruit surface, 0.05–0.4 mm ..... M. minimus
3' Fr beak ± spreading, diverging from fruit surface, 0.6–1.4 mm ..... M. apetalus
4. Fr aggregate 4–9 mm; sepal 1-veined, widely scarious-margined ..... var. borealis
4' Fr aggregate 11–26 mm; sepal 3-veined, narrowly scarious-margined ..... var. montanus
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