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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, perennial herb, woody vine [ shrub], occasionally aquatic.
Leaf: generally basal and cauline, alternate or opposite, simple or compound; petioles at base generally flat, occasionally sheathing or stipule-like.
Inflorescence: cyme, raceme, panicle, or flowers 1.
Flower: generally bisexual, generally radial; sepals 3–6(20), free, early- deciduous or withering in fruit, generally green; petals 0–many, generally free; stamens generally 5–many, staminodes generally 0; pistils 1–many, ovary superior, chamber 1, style 0–1, generally ± persistent as beak, ovules 1–many.
Fruit: achene, follicle, berry, ± utricle in Trautvetteria, in aggregate or not, 1–many-seeded.
± 60 genera, 1700 species: worldwide, especially n temperate, tropical mountains; many ornamental (Adonis, Aquilegia, Clematis, Consolida, Delphinium, Helleborus, Nigella). some highly TOXIC (Aconitum, Actaea, Delphinium, Ranunculus). [Whittemore & Parfitt 1997 FNANM 3:85–271] Taxa of Isopyrum in TJM (1993) moved to Enemion; Kumlienia moved to Ranunculus. —Scientific Editors: Douglas H. Goldman, Bruce G. Baldwin.
1. Fl bilateral; sepals petal-like, not alike, uppermost spurred or hooded, generally > others
2. Uppermost sepal hooded, not spurred, enclosing petals, stamens ..... ACONITUM
2' Uppermost sepal spurred, ± flat or curved but not hooded, generally not enclosing petals, stamens
3. Annual, generally from taproot; petals 2, fused; pistil 1 ..... CONSOLIDA
3' Perennial, generally from ± fibrous or fleshy roots; petals 4, free; pistils 3(5) ..... DELPHINIUM
1' Fl radial; sepals petal-like or not, ± alike
4. Sepal spurs present, petal spurs 0; plant generally tufted; leaves basal, simple, linear ..... MYOSURUS
4' Sepal spurs 0, petal spurs occasionally; plant not tufted; leaves generally basal and cauline, generally dissected or compound (or basal, simple, lanceolate to reniform)
5. Pistils 1; fruit a berry ..... ACTAEA
5' Pistils (1)2–many; fruit achene or follicle (± utricle in Trautvetteria)
6. Ovules >= 2 per ovary; fruit follicle
7. Petals spurred ..... AQUILEGIA
7' Petals 0 or not spurred
8. Lf simple ..... CALTHA
8' Lf compound
9. Plant from slender rhizomes or stolons, scapose; sepals 5–8, linear; petals 5–7 ..... COPTIS
9' Plant from clustered, slender to fusiform or ± spheric fleshy roots, not scapose; sepals generally 5, oblong to obovate; petals 0 ..... ENEMION
6' Ovule 1 per ovary; fruit achene (± utricle in Trautvetteria)
10. Cauline leaves generally opposite or 0 but involucre bracts leaf-like, generally in 1–2 whorls of 2–5
11. Plant perennial herb, not vine; basal leaves present, cauline 0 but involucre bracts leaf-like, generally in 1–2 whorls of 2–5; inflorescence terminal; sepals 5–10 ..... ANEMONE
11' Plant ± woody vine; basal leaves 0, cauline generally many, opposite; inflorescence axillary; sepals generally 4 ..... CLEMATIS
10' Cauline leaves alternate or 0
12. Perianth parts in 2 whorls; sepals generally green to ± yellow, not petal-like; petals 3–many, yellow to orange, occasionally white or purple
13. Anthers ± purple; petals yellow to orange, base ± purple, nectaries 0 ..... ADONIS
13' Anthers yellow; petals generally yellow, occasionally white or purple, nectaries near base ..... RANUNCULUS
12' Perianth parts in ± 1 whorl (inner << outer, gland-like in Ranunculus hystriculus); sepals generally green to white or ± purple, petal-like or not; petals generally 0
14. Lf compound, leaflets entire, crenate, or lobed; flower unisexual or bisexual ..... THALICTRUM
14' Lf simple, crenate to deeply lobed; flower bisexual
15. Lf crenate to palmately lobed, lobes rounded to obtuse, entire to toothed or lobed; inflorescence scapose, flowers 1(3); sepals 6–13 mm, blade ± flat; petals 2–4 mm, gland-like ..... Ranunculus hystriculus
15' Lf deeply palmately lobed, lobes ± wedge-shaped, toothed distally; inflorescence not scapose, flowers >= 5 in terminal panicle; sepals 2.5–6 mm, blade cup-like; petals 0 ..... TRAUTVETTERIA
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