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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] biennial, rosette large.
Stem: erect, simple or branched just proximal to inflorescence.
Leaf: basal and cauline, alternate, distal reduced.
Inflorescence: raceme or panicle, bracted.
Flower: calyx ± radial, deeply 5-lobed; corolla ± radial, ± rotate, 5-lobed; stamens 5, lower 2 filaments > upper 3, all or only upper hairy; stigma ± spheric.
Fruit: capsule, septicidal.
Seed: small, wingless, many.
± 360 species: Eurasia. (Latin: from root for bearded) [Donnelly et al. 1998 Amer J Bot 85:1618–1625]
1. Lf glabrous or ± hairy; filaments all densely purple-hairy; fruit glabrous to glandular-puberulent
2. Lf glabrous; proximal pedicels 10–15(25) mm, flowers 1 per node ..... V. blattaria
2' Lf ± hairy; proximal pedicels < 10 mm, flowers 1–4 per node ..... V. virgatum
1' Lf densely tomentose; upper 3 filaments white- or yellow-hairy, lower 2 glabrous to ± hairy; fruit densely tomentose
3. Infl branched, not dense ..... V. speciosum
3' Infl generally unbranched, dense
4. Cauline leaves not decurrent; corolla 20–30 mm; petals not glandular ..... V. bombyciferum
4' Cauline leaves decurrent; corolla 12–20 mm; petals glandular ..... V. thapsus
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