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Margriet Wetherwax, except as noted

Annual to shrub, some aquatic. Leaf: basal or cauline, alternate or opposite (whorled), simple, entire to dentate or lobed, venation generally pinnate; stipules 0. Inflorescence: raceme, spike, or flowers axillary in 1–few-flowered clusters; flowers few to many, each subtended by 1 bract. Flower: unisexual or bisexual, radial or bilateral; sepals 4–5, generally fused at base; corolla 4–5-lobed, scarious or not, persistent or not, generally 2-lipped, upper lip generally 2-lobed, lower generally 3-lobed, spur present or not, tube sac-like at base or not; stamens 2 or 4, alternate corolla lobes, epipetalous, staminode 0 or 1–2, anthers opening by 2 slits; ovary superior, [1]2–4-chambered, style 1, stigma lobes 0 or 2. Fruit: generally a capsule, septicidal, loculicidal, circumscissile, or dehiscing by terminal slits or pores.
110 genera, ± 2000 species: worldwide, especially temperate. [Angiosperm Phylogeny Group 1998 Ann Missouri Bot Gard 85:531–553; Olmstead et al. 2001 Molec Phylogen Evol 16:96–112] Veronicaceae sensu Olmstead et al. Recently treated to include Callitrichaceae, Hippuridaceae, and most non-parasitic California genera of Scrophulariaceae (except Buddleja, Limosella, Mimulus, Myoporum, Scrophularia, Verbascum). California Maurandya moved to Holmgrenanthe and Maurandella. Limnophila ×ludoviciana Thieret an occasional agricultural weed in rice fields. Hebe ×franciscana (Eastw.) Souster, Hebe speciosa (R. Cunn.) Andersen only cultivated. —Scientific Editors: Robert Patterson, Bruce G. Baldwin.

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Michael S. Park & Elizabeth Chase Neese

Annual, often glandular, sometimes brown-staining. Leaf: opposite; proximal petioled. Inflorescence: bracted, often interrupted; flowers 1–many in leaf axils. Flower: calyx lobes 5, generally glabrous on inner surface; corolla ± pea-like, uniformly pale, or generally with pale regions, especially throat and base of upper lip (± uniformly dark in Collinsia greenei), generally glabrous outside, tube short, throat ± angled to tube, ± pouched on upper side, lips generally ± = throat, upper lobes 2, ± reflexed, lower lobes 3, lateral spreading, central lobe keeled, enclosing stamens and style; stamens 4, attached unequally near throat base, spur at base of upper filaments > 1 mm, vestigial, or 0; staminode gland-like; style > 2 mm, stigma minutely 2-lobed. Fruit: septicidal and loculicidal (valves 2-lobed). Seed: generally few, ± oblong, generally plump; inner surface ± concave.
± 20 species: North America, especially California. (Zaccheus Collins, Philadelphia botanist, 1764–1831) Late-season flowers generally atypically small.

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C. heterophylla Graham
Plant 10–50 cm. Leaf: lance-deltate, toothed, often deeply lobed in seedlings. Inflorescence: interrupted, glabrous to hairy, ± glandular; whorls dense; pedicel < calyx. Flower: calyx lobe tips generally acute, glabrous to shaggy-hairy; corolla throat hairy inside, strongly angled to tube, as wide as long, pouch prominent, ± square, upper lip white to lavender or tipped dark violet, wine-spotted and generally ± red lined near base, lower lip ± white to rose-purple, lowest lobe generally with darker red tip; upper filaments hairy, basal spur 1–2 mm, curved into pouch. Seed: many, ovate, ± flat.
n=7. [Online Interchange]
Unabridged note: Expanded author citation: Collinsia heterophylla Buist ex Graham

C. heterophylla var. heterophylla CHINESE-HOUSES
Leaf: glabrous abaxially (at most ciliate on midvein) Flower: corolla (13)15–20 mm, upper lip ± = lower lip.
Shady places in chaparral, open mixed woodland, oak woodland; < 1300 m. Outer North Coast Ranges, Inner North Coast Ranges, Cascade Range Foothills, Sierra Nevada Foothills, Tehachapi Mountain Area, Sacramento Valley (Sutter Buttes), Central Western California, South Coast, Channel Islands, Western Transverse Ranges, Peninsular Ranges (except San Jacinto Mountains); northern Baja California. Mar–Jun [Online Interchange]
Unabridged note: Expanded author citation: Collinsia heterophylla Buist ex Graham var. heterophylla

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Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2013. Jepson eFlora,, accessed on Mar 29 2015
Citation for this treatment: [Author of taxon treatment] 2013. Collinsia, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on Mar 29 2015

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