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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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Stem: prostrate or reclined, many-branched, brittle; angles ± glabrous, bristly, or generally with hooked prickles.
Leaf: simple, cauline, lower opposite, upper alternate; petioles generally winged, clasping; blade pinnate-lobed, uppermost reduced, short-petioled, generally deltate, 3-lobed, with small, sharp bristles both surfaces.
Inflorescence: terminal, axillary, opposite leaves, or flowers 1; pedicels present.
Flower: calyx lobes hairy, bristly- ciliate; corolla rotate, lobes ± = tube, generally hairy; stamens included, equal, equally attached; ovary bristly-hairy, chamber appearing 1, style 1, 2-lobed in distal 1/2.
Fruit: spheric, stout-bristly-hairy.
Seed: 1–8, spheric, brown, pitted or honeycombed.
3 species: CA, AZ, Baja CA. (Greek: scale mouth)
Unabridged references: [Constance 1939 Bull Torrey Bot Club 66:341–352]
1. Calyx sinus appendages 0; calyx not enclosing mature fruit ..... P. membranaceum
1' Calyx sinus appendages present; calyx enclosing mature fruit
2. Petiole narrow-winged; style 1–3 mm ..... P. racemosum
2' Petiole wide-winged; style 4–8 mm ..... P. auritum
3. Corolla < 10 mm wide ..... var. arizonicum
3' Corolla 10–30 mm wide ..... var. auritum
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