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Dale W. McNeal, except as noted

Perennial herb to shrub, rhizomed or not. Stem: leafy or scapose. Leaf: 2–15, basal or cauline, cauline clasping or sheathing, petioled [or reduced to scales, with short branches flattened, green, appearing leaf-like]. Inflorescence: terminal or axillary, panicle or raceme. Flower: unisexual or bisexual, generally white (± pink); perianth parts 4 or 6, fused or not, erect, nodding or pendent; stamens (4)6, ± fused to perianth, anthers attached near base; ovary superior, chambers 2–3, style 1, stigma ± 3-lobed. Fruit: berry, spheric, red, orange-red, or blue-black, or capsule, papery. Seed: 1–12.
26 genera, 475 species: northern hemisphere, South Africa, northern Australia; species in several genera cultivated as ornamental, house plants. Smilacina moved to Maianthemum. —Scientific Editor: Thomas J. Rosatti.

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Dale W. McNeal & James C. Dice

Stem: thick, woody or ± below ground. Leaf: rosettes 6–20 dm, stiff, sword-like, base much expanded, white, fleshy. Inflorescence: panicle or raceme-like, scapose, bracted, < 4 m. Flower: perianth parts 6 in 2 petal-like whorls, < 6 mm, ± white; stamens 6, filaments slender; pistil reduced in staminate flowers, pistillate flowers with staminodes; ovary superior, 3-chambered, style and 3 stigmas short, ovules 2 per chamber. Fruit: capsule, papery. Seed: 1–3 per fruit, ovoid.
± 30 species: southern United States, Mexico. (P.C. Nolin, French agriculturist, b. 1717) [Hess 2003 FNANM 26:415–421] Leaf widths taken just above expanded leaf base.
Unabridged references: [Munz & Roos 1950 Aliso 2:217–238]

Key to Nolina

N. interrata Gentry DEHESA NOLINA
Stem: below ground, horizontal, branched, rosettes >= 1. Leaf: 10–45 per rosette, 12–35 mm wide, generally glaucous, base 2–6 cm wide, margin minute-serrate. Inflorescence: 5–16 dm; scape 5–16 mm diam at base; bracts persistent. Seed: 4–6 mm, red-brown.
Foothills on gabbro soils; 200–700 m. sw Peninsular Ranges (sw San Diego Co.); northwestern Baja California. Jun–Jul [Online Interchange] {CNPS list}

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Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2013. Jepson eFlora,, accessed on Nov 30 2015
Citation for this treatment: [Author of taxon treatment] 2013. Nolina, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on Nov 30 2015

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