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VALERIANACEAE VALERIAN FAMILY

Abigail J. Moore & Lauramay T. Dempster, except as noted


Annual, perennial herb, occasionally strongly scented, odor generally unpleasant. Leaf: simple to pinnately lobed or compound; petioles generally sheathing; basal ± whorled; cauline opposite, petioled to sessile. Inflorescence: cyme, panicle, or head-like, generally ± dense. Flower: generally bisexual; calyx fused to ovary tip, limb 0 or lobes generally 5–15, coiled inward, plumose in age, pappus-like, spreading in fruit; corolla radial to 2-lipped, lobes generally 5, throat generally > lobes, > tube, base generally spurred or swollen, tube slender, long or short; stamens generally 1–3, fused to petals; ovary inferior, chamber generally 1, or occasionally 3 but 2 empty or vestigial. Fruit: achene, smooth, ribbed, or winged.
± 17 genera, 300 species: generally temperate, worldwide except Australia. Some species cultivated (Centranthus), some medicinal (Valeriana). [Bell & Donoghue 2005 Organisms Diversity Evol 5:147–159] —Scientific Editors: Douglas H. Goldman, Bruce G. Baldwin.

Key to Valerianaceae

1. Perennial herb; calyx lobes rolled inward, plumose in age, pappus-like in fruit

2. Corolla generally ± purple-red, spur 4–6 mm; stamen 1; cauline leaves entire, base occasionally with small lobes ..... CENTRANTHUS

2' Corolla white to pink, throat swollen at base, spur 0; stamens 3; cauline leaves pinnately lobed to compound ..... VALERIANA

1' Annual; calyx generally 0

3. Stem simple or unequally few-branched; corolla generally spurred; ovary 1-chambered ..... PLECTRITIS

3' Stem equally, repeatedly forked; corolla throat ± swollen at base, spur 0; ovary(2)3-chambered ..... VALERIANELLA

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