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Specimen numbers are hyperlinked to records in the Consortium of California Herbaria data view where possible. Taxa are hyperlinked to entries in the Jepson Interchange via the "[Online Interchange]" link.


Annual to perennial herb, erect, taprooted or rhizomed. Leaf: blade ± lanceolate to oblong; veins 1–3, often faint. Inflorescence: generally panicle-like, terminal; flowers ± few to many; pedicels 1–35+ mm. Flower: sepals 5, fused, glabrous or glandular-hairy, tube ± prominent, ± 1.3–5 mm, 0.8–2 mm diam, cup- to bell-shaped, round to angled in ×-section, white-scarious between sepals, veins ± 5, teeth 0.2–1 mm, < tube, lanceolate to triangular; petals 5, ± 2.2–9 mm, claw long, limb entire to notched; styles 2, 1.2–2.5 mm. Fruit: capsule, oblong to spheric; teeth 4, ascending to recurved. Seed: 2–several, black.
150 species: temperate Eurasia, northern Africa, Australia. (Greek: gypsum lover, from habitat of 1 sp.) [Pringle 2005 FNANM 5:153–156]

Key to Gypsophila

1. Sepals, pedicels glandular-hairy; leaves generally 10–35 mm wide ..... [G. scorzonerifolia]

1' Sepals, pedicels glabrous; leaves 2–9 mm wide

2. Calyx 3–5 mm; annual, biennial, from slender taproot ..... G. elegans

2' Calyx 1–3 mm; perennial herb, from stout rhizome ..... G. paniculata


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