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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, erect, taprooted. Leaf: base sheathing, 1–9+ mm; blade linear to lance-linear; veins 3. Inflorescence: terminal, head-like; flowers generally few to several; involucral bracts 2–6, 5–12 mm wide, widely ovate, ± red to brown, scarious; pedicels 0–3 mm, hidden by involucre. Flower: sepals 5, fused, glabrous to sparsely, minutely hairy, tube prominent, 8–14 mm, 1–3 mm diam, cylindric, scarious between sepals, veins 15, lobes 0.5–1.8 mm, < tube, rounded; petals 5, 10–14 mm, claw long, limb entire or 2-lobed; styles 2, 9–12 mm. Fruit: capsule, ovoid; stalk 0.2–0.7 mm; valves 4, ascending to recurved. Seed: many, black-brown to black.
33 species: Mediterranean to central Asia. (Greek: rock fissure, from habitat of some species) [Rabeler & Hartman 2005 FNANM 5:162–165]
1. Leaf sheath length ± = width, generally 1–2 mm; petals truncate or shallowly notched ..... P. prolifera
1' Leaf sheath length 1.5–3 × width, generally 3–9 mm; petals obcordate to 2-lobed
2. Seeds 1–1.4 mm, conic-papillate; leaf sheath (3)4–9 mm; inner involucral bracts mucronate ..... P. dubia
2' Seeds (1.3)1.5–1.8 mm, tubercled; leaf sheath (2)3–4 mm; inner involucral bracts obtuse to mucronate ..... P. nanteuilii
Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) [year] Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html [accessed on month, day, year]
Citation for an individual treatment: [Author of taxon treatment] [year]. [Taxon name] in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, [URL for treatment]. Accessed on [month, day, year].
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