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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, perennial herb, erect to mat-forming; taproot or rhizomes present.
Leaf: blade linear to ovate; vein 1; axillary leaf clusters generally 0.
Inflorescence: terminal or axillary; flowers few to many, open to dense; pedicels 1–36+ mm.
Flower: sepals (4)5, 3–12 mm, free, lanceolate to ovate, hairy to glandular-hairy, hairs generally not exceeding tip; petals 0 or (4)5, 2.5–15 mm, ± 2-lobed; stamens (4,5)10; styles (4)5, 0.5–3.3 mm.
Fruit: capsule, cylindric, often ± curved in upper 1/2; teeth (8)10, spreading to recurved.
Seed: several to many, pale to red-brown.
± 180 species: worldwide, especially n temperate. (Greek: horn, from fruit shape) [Morton 2005 FNANM 5:74–93]
1. Annual (or appearing so); stems generally all flower, ascending to erect
2. Calyx 8.5–12 mm; fruit 14–22 mm; seeds 0.9–1.1 mm ..... C. dichotomum
2' Calyx 3–7 mm; fruit 3.5–11 mm; seeds ± 0.4–1 mm
3. Upper bracts scarious-margined; scarious margin of most outer sepals 0.2–0.6 mm wide ..... C. fontanum subsp. vulgare (2)
3' Upper bracts not scarious (rarely with minute scarious tip); scarious margin of most outer sepals < 0.1 mm wide
4. Fl parts 4(5); sepals with 0 hairs exceeding tip; bracts not scarious or rarely with minute scarious tip; pedicels in fruit generally > sepals ..... [C. diffusum]
4' Fl parts 5; sepals with some hairs exceeding tip by 0.2–0.8 mm; bracts not scarious; pedicels in fruit (except lowest) < sepals ..... C. glomeratum
1' Perennial; stems both non-flower (mat-forming) and flower (± erect)
5. Petals 1.5 mm < to 0.5 mm > sepals ..... C. fontanum subsp. vulgare (2)
5' Petals ± 1.2–6 mm > sepals
6. Lvs not clustered in flower stem axils; petals 1.2–2.8 mm > sepals; fruit 5.5–8.5 mm; seeds 0.7–0.8 mm; 2900–4300 m ..... C. beeringianum
6' Lvs clustered in flower stem axils, especially below; petals 3–6 mm > sepals; fruit (7.5) 9–16 mm; seeds ± 1–1.5 mm; < 2500 m
7. Sts 5–20(30) cm; petals 7.5–9 mm; sepals 4.2–6(7) mm ..... C. arvense subsp. strictum
7' Sts 15–45 cm; petals 10–15 mm; sepals 6–9 mm ..... C. viride
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