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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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Perennial, non-green, glabrous to glandular-hairy; roots brittle, main often elongate.
Inflorescence: raceme-like or flowers 1; emerging from ground nodding, erect in fruit, persistent after seed dispersal, bracted; pedicel generally recurved to spreading when anthers open, erect in fruit, jointed to flower, bractlets 1–2.
Flower: sepals generally 5, free; petals generally 5, free, oblong-cup-shaped, ± bulged at base; stamens generally 10, included, anthers dehiscing by 1 or 2 slits, unawned; nectary lobes (8)10, ± clasping stamen bases; ovary superior, lines of dehiscence evident, chambers (4)5, placentas axile.
Fruit: capsule, loculicidal, erect, dehiscing tip to base.
Seed: many per chamber, fusiform.
2 species: n hemisphere. (Greek: 1 direction, from 1-sided inflorescence)
1. Infl raceme-like, flowers rarely 1; plant ± yellow to pink or red; stigma shallowly depressed, often subtended by ring of bristly hairs; nectary lobes short, stout; fruit segments thin-walled, often irregularly deciduous ..... M. hypopitys
1' Fls 1; plant white (pink or red-orange); stigma widely funnel-like, not subtended by hairs; nectary lobes elongate, slender; fruit segments thick-walled, persistent ..... M. uniflora
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