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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 to perennial herb, glabrous, glaucous; sap colorless.
Leaf: pinnately dissected to compound.
Inflorescence: raceme or panicle.
Flower: bilateral; sepals 2, shed at flower or not; petals 4, yellow or white to pink, persistent after flower, outer 2 free, not alike, keeled, upper spurred at base, inner 2 adherent at tips, oblanceolate, crested on back; stamens 6, ± fused in 2 sets, opposite outer petals; ovary obovoid, placentas 2, style 1, stigma lobes 4–8.
Fruit: generally linear to oblong, dehiscent from tip.
Seed: several to many, 2–2.5 mm, round- reniform, smooth or rough, black; fleshy appendage generally present.
± 100 species: n hemisphere, s Africa (some ornamental). (Greek: crested lark)
1. Petals yellow, spur 4–5 mm; annual, biennial; fruit cylindric ..... C. aurea
1' Petals white to pink, purple-tipped in age, spur 9–16 mm; perennial herb; fruit elliptic ..... C. caseana subsp. caseana
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