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Bruce D. Parfitt & Dieter H. Wilken

Perennial herb from caudex or rhizomes, generally glabrous; dioecious or flowers bisexual. Stem: 1–few, generally erect; branches 0 or few. Leaf: 1–4-ternate or pinnate, basal or basal and cauline, alternate, generally reduced distally on stem; leaflets wedge-shaped to ± round, entire, crenate, or lobed; pale green abaxially, generally green adaxially. Inflorescence: raceme or panicle, axillary or terminal, generally erect, ± scapose or not; bracts simple to 1-ternate; pedicels generally erect in fruit. Flower: sepals 4–5, ± green-white to ± purple, petal-like or not, generally early-deciduous; petals 0; stamens 8–many, generally > sepals, filaments flat or generally thread-like, anthers generally narrowly oblong, tip generally pointed; pistils (1)2–22. Fruit: achene, compressed laterally or not, ribbed or veined, beaked.
120–200 species: temperate North America, Eurasia, Africa; some ornamental, medicinal. (Greek: name given by Dioscorides, Greek physician-botanist) [Park & Festerling 1997 FNANM 3:258–271]

Key to Thalictrum

1. Plant 5–15(20) cm; leaves basal (1 cauline), 1.5–6 cm; inflorescence raceme; pedicel recurved in fruit ..... T. alpinum

1' Plant 40–200 cm; leaves basal and cauline, 4–46 cm; inflorescence generally panicle; pedicel ± erect in fruit

2. Flowers bisexual; filaments flat; anthers obtuse to mucronate; fruit body sides generally semicircular to crescent-shaped, beak 1–1.5 mm ..... T. sparsiflorum

2' Flowers unisexual; filaments thread-like; anthers acuminate; fruit body sides obliquely narrowly ovate to fusiform or widely obovate to ± round, beak 1.5–4.5 mm

3. Fruit generally reflexed, ribs ± straight; n North Coast, nw Klamath Ranges ..... T. occidentale

3' Fruit spreading to ascending, ribs ± curved; n North Coast, nw Klamath Ranges, and elsewhere ..... T. fendleri

4. Fruit body ± compressed throughout, sides obliquely ± ovate to ± obovate, 2–3-ribbed, veins 0; distal leaves abaxially generally finely glandular-puberulent (at 20×) ..... var. fendleri

4' Fruit body compressed generally only near margins, sides obliquely ± widely obovate to ± round, generally 1-ribbed, veins several, wavy, net-like; distal leaves abaxially generally glabrous ..... var. polycarpum


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