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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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Stem: erect, ascending or decumbent, glabrous, hairy, or glandular.
Leaf: simple, generally alternate, tips acute, acuminate, or mucronate; basal generally in rosette, entire, toothed, or 1–2- pinnate-lobed; cauline generally reduced.
Inflorescence: flowers 1–3 in bract axils.
Flower: calyx membranous between lobes, lobes < tube, membranes glandular, splitting or expanding in fruit; corolla > calyx, lobes generally < tube, generally ovate, acute, acuminate.
Fruit: spheric to ovoid; chambers 3; valves separating from top.
Seed: 3–many, yellow to brown, not gelatinous when wet.
± 25 species: w North America. (Alice Eastwood, w Am botanist, 1859–1953) [Porter 1998 Aliso 17:23–46]
Unabridged etymology: (Alice Eastwood, curator in herbarium, California Academy of Sciences, 1859–1953)
1. Basal leaf blades 1–7 cm wide, obovate, coarsely dentate, teeth needle-like; filaments (at least longest) papillate
2. Stamens attached in lower throat; corolla lobes pink or magenta adaxially, pale pink abaxially; annual ..... A. latifolia subsp. latifolia
2' Stamens attached near base of tube, filaments 4 short, 1 long; corolla lobes magenta; perennial herb ..... A. ripleyi
1' Basal leaf blades generally <= 2 cm wide, lanceolate (oblanceolate to obovate for Aliciella triodon), pinnate-divided, entire, or if dentate then teeth mucronate but not needle-like; filaments smooth
3. Corolla throat ± constricted near mouth; corolla lobes 3-toothed, central tooth generally longest ..... A. triodon
3' Corolla throat widened near mouth; corolla lobes lanceolate- to ovate- or ± truncate-acuminate
4. Corolla lobes truncate-acuminate
5. Pedicels >> calyx; branches ± spreading; fruit spheric ..... A. humillima
5' Pedicels of 2 lengths, terminal < calyx, axillary > calyx; branches ascending; fruit narrowly ellipsoid ..... A. leptomeria
4' Corolla lobes lanceolate- to ovate-acuminate
6. Corolla generally 2–3.5 mm, pedicels >> calyx, spreading or recurved; fruit ± spheric ..... A. micromeria
6' Corolla generally 4.5–14 mm; pedicels of 2 lengths, terminal < calyx, axillary > calyx, all straight, ascending to erect (nodding in bud in A. monoensis); fruit ellipsoid or ovoid
7. Basal leaves 1–2 × pinnate-divided (in depauperate plants dentate but then midrib narrow) glandular hairs on basal leaves long
8. Corolla glandular-puberulent abaxially ..... A. hutchinsifolia
8' Corolla glabrous abaxially ..... A. monoensis (2)
7' Basal leaves dentate, serrate, or ± 1-pinnate-divided (if dentate then midrib wide); glandular hairs on basal leaves short, at least abaxially
9. Basal leaves adaxially glabrous ..... A. lottiae
9' Basal leaves adaxially glandular-puberulent ..... A. monoensis (2)
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