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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, subshrub, canescent to stellate-hairy, with longer hairs or not.
Leaf: petioled; blade lance- linear to triangular, entire to deeply dissected.
Inflorescence: raceme-like ( flowers clustered in bract axils) or panicle; bractlets (0)1–3, inconspicuous, generally deciduous, thread-like.
Flower: petals obovate, white, lavender, pink, rose-pink, salmon- or red-orange, or apricot; filament tube hairs 0 or stellate, anthers generally ± yellow or ± purple; stigmas head-like.
Fruit: segments 9–17, 1–2-seeded, below indehiscent, strongly net-veined, above dehiscent, smooth.
Seed: gray, black, or brown.
± 50 species: arid Am. (Greek: globe mallow, from fruit shape) Polyploidy, intermediates common.
Unabridged references: [Fryxell 1988 Syst Bot Monogr 25:421–438]
1. Annual ..... S. coulteri
1' Subshrub (flower 1st yr or not)
2. Lvs ± lance-linear ..... S. angustifolia
2' Lvs wider than lance-linear
3. Lvs deeply divided
4. Sepals < 11 mm ..... S. grossulariifolia
4' Sepals 13–15 mm ..... S. rusbyi var. eremicola
3' Lvs often lobed but not deeply divided
5. Infl an open panicle, occasionally dense in bud ..... S. ambigua (in part)
6. Petals red-orange to apricot ..... var. ambigua
6' Petals lavender to pink ..... var. rosacea
5' Infl raceme-like or a dense panicle
7. Lvs coarsely dentate ..... S. munroana
7' Lvs entire, ± wavy, crenate, or finely dentate
8. Lf markedly wrinkled abaxially ..... S. ambigua var. rugosa
8' Lf ± not wrinkled abaxially
9. Hairs coarse; leaves gray-green; fruit segment 4.5–5 mm, dehiscent part ± 60% of segment ..... S. emoryi var. emoryi
9' Hairs fine; leaves generally yellow-green; fruit segment 2.5–3 mm, dehiscent part < 20% of segment ..... S. orcuttii
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