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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.



Robert E. Preston & Margriet Wetherwax

[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]

Key to Verbascum

1. Leaf glabrous or ± hairy; filaments all densely purple-hairy; fruit glabrous to glandular-puberulent

2. Leaf glabrous; proximal pedicels 10–15(25) mm, flowers 1 per node ..... V. blattaria

2' Leaf ± hairy; proximal pedicels < 10 mm, flowers 1–4 per node ..... V. virgatum

1' Leaf densely tomentose; upper 3 filaments white- or yellow-hairy, lower 2 glabrous to ± hairy; fruit densely tomentose

3. Inflorescence branched, not dense ..... V. speciosum

3' Inflorescence 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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