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Sarah Taylor

Perennial herb or generally annual, hairy. Leaf: cauline, generally alternate, margin crenate-dentate or generally entire, wavy, flat, or rolled under. Inflorescence: heads or generally clusters, terminal, not coiled, or flowers 1–2 in leaf axils; bracts 0 or generally leaf-like. Flower: calyx generally free from ovary; corolla salverform to bell-shaped, occasionally cylindric; stamens generally attached to corolla at different levels, generally unequal, part fused to corolla generally narrow-winged, scales at base 0; styles 1–2. Fruit: generally loculicidal, ovoid to elliptic. Seed: generally many, small, red-brown, brown, black, or yellow to orange.
± 55 species: southwestern United States, tropical America, Hawaii. (Greek: a stream) Nama lobbii A. Gray now in Eriodictyon.
Unabridged references: [Ferguson 1998 Syst Bot 23:253–268; Hitchcock 1933 Amer J Bot 20:415–430, 518–534]

Key to Nama

1. Perennial herb; flowers in heads; leaf crenate-dentate ..... N. rothrockii

1' Annual; flowers in clusters or 1–2 in leaf axils; leaf entire

2. Calyx fused to ovary in lower 1/3–1/2; leaf margins wavy, generally ± rolled under ..... N. stenocarpa

2' Calyx free from ovary; leaf margins flat or rolled under, not wavy

3. Corolla 1–3 mm, bowl- or bell-shaped, basal tube ± 0.5 mm; styles 2; seeds <= 4 ..... N. californica

3' Corolla > 2 mm, if bowl- or bell-shaped then basal tube 0 or indistinct; styles 1–2; seeds > 4

4. Style 1, lobed < 1/2 length

5. Corolla limb > 3.5 mm diam, lobes >= 2 mm wide ..... N. aretioides

6. Style 1–2 mm ..... var. californica

6' Style 3–7 mm ..... var. multiflora

5' Corolla limb < 3.5 mm diam, lobes < 2 mm wide ..... N. densa

7. Plant gray-canescent, hairs generally spreading, rough; style 0.3–1 mm ..... var. densa

7' Plant green, hairs generally sparse-bristly-strigose; style (0.6)1–2.5 mm ..... var. parviflora

4' Styles 2

8. Corolla limb < 4 mm diam

9. Calyx lobes glandular ..... N. dichotoma var. dichotoma

9' Calyx lobes nonglandular

10. Leaf sessile; sepals generally pale green; corolla funnel-shaped or salverform; seeds oblong to ovoid, ± cross-ridged ..... N. depressa

10' Leaf petioled; sepals white- or gray-canescent at least in basal 1/3–1/2; corolla cylindric to ± funnel-shaped; seeds irregular, ± net-like ..... N. pusilla

8' Corolla limb 5–14 mm diam

11. Stem ascending to erect; seeds fusiform, yellow to orange ..... N. hispida var. spathulata

11' Stem prostrate; seeds spheric to ovoid, brown to black ..... N. demissa

12. Leaf petioled, elliptic to diamond-shaped; plant generally gray-green ..... var. covillei

12' Leaf sessile, linear to spoon-shaped; plant generally green ..... var. demissa


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