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Key to families | Table of families and genera
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, shrub [ tree], fleshy or not, rhizomed.
Stem: branched or not.
Leaf: basal or ± so or in terminal clusters, alternate, linear to widely lanceolate [ ovate], small (1.5–27 cm, 0.5–3 mm wide) [to large (1.9–4 m, 3–6 cm wide)], leathery or not, fleshy or not, entire or with minute sharp teeth or coarse prickles.
Inflorescence: panicle [ spike, raceme], bracts scattered.
Flower: perianth parts 6, in 2 petal-like whorls, radial or ± bilateral, free or ± fused; stamens 6, equal or not, anthers attached at base or middle; ovary superior, chambers 3.
Fruit: capsule, loculicidal.
Seed: 6–many, flat, angled, or winged, gray, brown, ± black, black-brown.
± 17 genera, 800 species: Africa, Medit to c Asia. —Scientific Editor: Thomas J. Rosatti.
1. Lvs fleshy, margins with coarse prickles ..... ALOE
1' Lvs not or ± fleshy, margins entire or with minute sharp teeth
2. Fls 25–50 mm; perianth parts fused >> 1/2, red and yellow ..... KNIPHOFIA
2' Fls 5–12 mm; perianth parts ± free or fused < 1/2, white, ± pink, or yellow
3. Fls white or ± pink ..... ASPHODELUS
3' Fls yellow ..... [BULBINE]
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