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Margriet Wetherwax & David C. Tank

Annual 10–60 cm, green, branches few to many; roots ± yellow. Leaf: alternate, sessile, 5–35 mm, entire, lanceolate to oblong. Inflorescence: spike, loose to dense, subtended by outer, leaf-like bracts; inner bract 1 per flower, ± leaf-like, entire or pinnately lobed. Flower: calyx = or slightly < corolla, sheath-like, generally cut completely to base abaxially, partially surrounding corolla tube laterally, notched ± 1 mm at tip; corolla 2-lipped, club-shaped, tubular below, expanded laterally, upper lip folded lengthwise, tip rounded, closed, opening directed downward forming a hood enclosing anthers and style; lower lip <= upper lip, obscurely 3-lobed; fertile stamens 4 and staminodes 0, or 2 with adaxial pair of staminodes (attached deeper in corolla tube), anther sacs generally 2 per stamen, ± overlapping, tufted-hairy at base, unequal in size and placement; ovary 2-chambered, glabrous, ovules many, style bent near tip, stigma barely exserted. Seed: attached at side; seed coat tight-fitting, netted.
4 species: saline and alkaline habitats, western North America. (Greek: salt plant) [Tank et al. 2009 Syst Bot 34:182–197] Formerly included in Cordylanthus. Close to Dicranostegia, together forming the Pseudocordylanthus clade (see Tank et al. 2009); distinguished by salt-tolerant ecology, inflorescence, calyx, stamens; flowers May–Nov.
Unabridged references: [Tank & Olmstead 2008 Amer J Bot 95:608–625]

Key to Chloropyron

1. Fertile stamens 4; inner bracts entire or slightly notched ..... C. maritimum

2. Inner bracts generally entire; seeds 25–40, 1–1.5 mm; inland ..... subsp. canescens

2' Inner bracts slightly notched; seeds 10–20, 2–3 mm; generally coastal

3. Stem generally much-branched, distal branches generally > central spike; seeds ± 2 mm; s Central Coast, South Coast ..... subsp. maritimum

3' Stem 0–few-branched, branches <= central spike; seeds 2–3 mm; North Coast, n Central Coast ..... subsp. palustre

1' Fertile stamens 2, staminodes 2; inner bracts 3–7-lobed

4. Leaf 1–2 mm wide; inner bracts 3-lobed; style puberulent ..... C. tecopense

4' Leaf 3–8 mm wide; inner bracts 3–7-lobed; style glabrous

5. Plant soft-hairy to becoming glabrous, longest hairs < 1 mm; seed coat deeply netted, wavy-crested ..... C. palmatum

5' Plant, especially inflorescence, glandular-puberulent and stiff-long-nonglandular-hairy, longest hairs > 1 mm; seed coat deeply netted, not wavy-crested ..... C. molle

6. Stem much-branched from near base; inflorescence generally 2–6 cm; corolla pouch and tube sparsely tomentose; seed 1–1.5 mm; Great Central Valley ..... subsp. hispidum

6' Stem generally few-branched from middle; inflorescence 5–15 cm; corolla pouch and tube densely tomentose; seed 2–3 mm; n Central Coast, deltaic Great Central Valley ..... subsp. molle


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