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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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Shrub, tree. stipule spines generally 2 per node; roots long, spreading.
Leaf: even-2- pinnate, alternate, deciduous; 1° leaflets generally 2–4, opposite; 2° leaflets generally many, opposite.
Inflorescence: axillary, head or spike-like raceme, many-flowered.
Flower: radial, small, green-white or yellow; calyx shallowly bell-shaped, lobes short; petals generally inconspicuous; stamens 10, exserted, free; style exserted, generally appearing before stamens.
Fruit: indehiscent, ± flat, ± narrowed between seeds or tightly coiled, pulpy when young, then woody.
± 44 species: especially Am (also sw Asia, n Africa). (Greek: burdock, for obscure reasons) Cult, naturalized worldwide.
Unabridged references: [Burkhart 1976 J Arnold Arbor 57:220–524; Holland 1987 Madroño 34: 324–333]
1. Fr tightly coiled; petals fused
2. Infl spike-like raceme, 4–8 cm; leaf hairy ..... P. pubescens
2' Infl head to spike-like raceme, < 4 cm; leaf glabrous or short-hairy ..... [P. strombulifera]
1' Fr not coiled; petals free
3. Plant ± glabrous; 2° leaflets (10)15–25 mm, length 7–9 × width ..... P. glandulosa var. torreyana
3' Plant with short, dense hairs; 2° leaflets 4–15 mm, length 3–4 × width ..... P. velutina
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