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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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Plant coarse, leafy; rhizome thick.
Stem: erect, 1–2 m, simple, hollow.
Leaf: many, alternate, lanceolate to widely ovate, clasping, generally acute at tip, coarse-veined, reduced upward.
Inflorescence: panicle; flowers many.
Flower: bisexual or staminate; perianth parts 6, free, spreading, petal-like, white or ± green to red-brown, nectary glands 1–2 near base; stamens 6, attached to perianth; ovary ± inferior, chambers 3, styles 3, short, stigmas long.
Fruit: capsule, septicidal.
± 25 species: n temperate. (Latin: dark roots) Alkaloids used medicinally and TOXIC to both livestock and humans.
1. Ovary woolly, fruit ± woolly; outer perianth parts irregularly shallowly fringed ..... V. insolitum
1' Ovary, fruit glabrous or with only a few straight hairs, not woolly; perianth parts entire to deeply fringed
2. Perianth deeply fringed ..... V. fimbriatum
2' Perianth entire to finely dentate
3. Infl dense, branches crowded, spreading to ascending ..... V. californicum var. californicum
3' Infl open, branches ± spaced, lower drooping ..... V. viride
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