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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, glabrous or generally sparsely stellate-hairy; plant with bisexual or only pistillate flowers.
Stem: prostrate to erect, ± hollow.
Leaf: blade toothed to lobed or dissected, bases symmetric.
Inflorescence: flowers 1 in leaf axils or in axillary or terminal clusters; flowering stalks longer in fruit; bractlets subtending calyx 3, persistent, linear to thread-like.
Flower: calyx lobes > tube, acuminate; petals generally > calyx, white to ± purple (drying darker); filament tube included, anthers at tip; styles > filament tube, stigmas head-like.
Fruit: segments generally 9–22 or 25–35, unarmed, glabrous, generally ± black, sides fragile, outer edges, back ridged or net-veined.
3 species: sw US, nw Mex. (Greek: lonely mallow, from desert habitats) [Andreasen 2005 Conservation Genet 6:399–412]
Unabridged etymology: (Greek: eremi, lonely, and malache, mallow, lonely mallow, from desert habitats)
Unabridged references: [Fryxell 1988 Syst Bot Monogr 25:151–155]
1. Lvs crenate to coarsely dentate; petal base with area of different color; fruit segments generally 25–35, 2.8–3.5 mm ..... E. rotundifolia
1' Lvs palmately lobed to dissected; petal base without area of different color; fruit segments 9–22, 1.4–2 mm
2. St prostrate to decumbent; petals 4–5.5 mm, ± = calyx; plant with bisexual flowers ..... E. exilis
2' St generally ± erect; petals 3–25 mm, often >> calyx; plant with bisexual or occasionally only pistillate flowers ..... E. parryi
3. Calyx 3–10 mm, lobes 1.5–3.5 mm wide; plant with pistillate or bisexual flowers ..... subsp. kernensis
3' Calyx 10–14 mm, lobes 2.5–5 mm wide; plant with bisexual flowers ..... subsp. parryi
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