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Key to Phlox

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1. Plant open, not ± matted to cushion-like; flowers generally 3–15 per inflorescence

2. Style < stigmas, 0.4–2 mm; calyx membrane not keeled ..... P. speciosa

2' Style >> stigmas, >= 4 mm; calyx membrane at least ± keeled

3. Lower leaves elliptic-ovate, 1–4 cm wide, glabrous; stem decumbent, flower branches erect — Klamath Ranges, Outer North Coast Ranges, High North Coast Ranges, Cascade Range ..... P. adsurgens

3' Lower leaves lance-linear to lanceolate, < 1 cm wide, generally hairy; stem generally ± erect

4. Style 4–7 mm; stigmas below anthers, anthers below corolla throat; n High Cascade Range (Siskiyou Co.) ..... P. hirsuta

4' Style 11–40 mm; stigmas at or above 1 or more anthers, at least 1 anther near corolla throat; San Bernardino Mountains, Great Basin Floristic Province, Desert Mountains

5. Corolla tube (21)35–50 mm; leaf generally lanceolate, sickle-shaped; calyx expanding in fruit; San Bernardino Mountains ..... P. dolichantha

5' Corolla tube 9–35(39) mm; leaf lance-linear to -ovate, not sickle-shaped; calyx not expanding in fruit; Great Basin Floristic Province, Desert Mountains ..... P. stansburyi

6. Stems generally not woody (few lower ± woody); plants together; open pinyon/juniper woodland ..... subsp. stansburyi

6' Stems generally woody; plants spaced; sagebrush scrub

7. Corolla tube 18–39 mm; internodes generally not evenly spaced; leaves generally not equal in length ..... subsp. superba

7' Corolla tube generally 8.5–19 mm; internodes evenly spaced; leaves generally equal in length ..... var. brevifolia

1' Plant dense, ± matted to cushion-like; flowers generally 1–5 per inflorescence

8. Stigmas ± = style; plant from long rhizomesleaves in widely spaced clusters; s High Sierra Nevada (Tulare, Inyo cos.) ..... P. dispersa

8' Stigmas << style; plant from short rhizomes with stems clumped

9. Plant tightly cushion-like (generally difficult to determine on dried specimens); leaf generally < 4 mm

10. Leaves coarsely ciliate, hairy, not overlapped; High Sierra Nevada, San Bernardino Mountains, East of Sierra Nevada ..... P. condensata

10' Leaves not coarsely ciliate, densely long-woolly-hairy, overlapped; High Cascade Range (Loomis Peak) ..... P. muscoides

9' Plant ± matted to cushion-like but not tightly cushion-like; leaf generally > 4 mm

11. Glandular hairs generally present

12. Glandular hairs on herbage; c High Sierra Nevada, Great Basin Floristic Province ..... P. douglasii

12' Glandular hairs generally on calyx; High Sierra Nevada, East of Sierra Nevada ..... P. pulvinata

11' Glandular hairs 0

13. Leaf sharp-tipped; calyx membrane low-keeled at base; San Gabriel Mountains, San Bernardino Mountains, Peninsular Ranges ..... P. austromontana

13' Leaf not sharp-tipped; calyx membrane generally not keeled; California (except D)

14. Leaf generally ± glabrous except base white-woolly ..... P. diffusa

14' Leaf generally hairy ..... P. hoodii subsp. canescens


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