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GENTIANACEAE GENTIAN FAMILY

James S. Pringle, except as noted

Annual to perennial herb [to trees]. Stem: decumbent to erect, < 2 m, simple or branched. Leaf: simple, cauline, sometimes also basal, opposite or whorled, entire, sessile or basal ± petioled; stipules 0. Flower: bisexual, radial, parts in 4s or 5s except pistil 1; sepals fused, persistent; petals fused, ± persistent, sinus between lobes often unappendaged; stamens epipetalous, alternate corolla lobes; ovary superior, chamber 1, placentas parietal, often intruding, stigmas 1–2. Fruit: capsule, 2-valved. Seed: many.
± 90 genera, 1800 species: worldwide; some cultivated (Eustoma, Exacum, Gentiana). [Struwe & Albert 2002 Gentianaceae. Cambridge Univ Press] Gentianella tenella moved to Comastoma. Key to genera revised by Bruce G. Baldwin. —Scientific Editor: Thomas J. Rosatti.
Unabridged references: [Wood & Weaver 1982 J Arnold Arbor 63:441–487; Struwe & Albert 2002 Gentianaceae: Systematics and Natural History. Cambridge Univ Press]

Key to Gentianaceae

ZELTNERA CENTAURY
Annual, glabrous. Stem: erect, generally branched. Leaf: cauline, opposite (sometimes also basal). Inflorescence: cyme. Flower: parts in 4s or generally 5s; calyx lobes >> tube (discounting thin membrane between lobes in Zeltnera davyi), appressed to corolla tube, generally not keeled; corolla salverform, white or generally pink, lobes <= tube, ± entire, scales 0, nectaries pits 0 (nectaries elsewhere 0); stamens often initially curved to 1 side, dehisced anthers spirally twisted; ovary sessile, style generally thread-like, deciduous, entire or cleft < 1 mm, stigmas 1, 2-lobed, or 2, stigmas or lobes wedge- to fan-shaped.
± 25 species: temperate, dry-mesic tropics, North America, South America. (L. Zeltner, N. Zeltner, Swiss botanists, b. 1938, 1934) [Mansion 2004 Taxon 53:719–740] Variable, difficult; further study needed, especially of chromosome numbers, hybridization. Zeltnera calycosa (Buckley) G. Mans. [Centaurium calycosum (Buckley) Fernald] not in California.
Unabridged references: [Mansion & Zeltner 2004 Amer J Bot 91:2069–2086]

Key to Zeltnera

Z. exaltata (Griseb.) G. Mans. TALL CENTAURY, DESERT CENTAURY
NATIVE
Plant (3)10–60 cm. Leaf: all ± alike, 10–30(50) mm, oblong-elliptic to linear; basal often rosetted. Inflorescence: open; pedicels generally 10–70 mm. Flower: parts generally in 4s; corolla 9–20 mm, lobes 2.5–7 mm, lance-oblong, tip subacute; stigmas 2.
2n=40, 74. Moist, generally alkaline scrub; 900–2200 m. Cascade Range, South Coast Ranges, San Gabriel Mountains, Peninsular Ranges, Great Basin Floristic Province, w edge Sonoran Desert; to southern British Columbia, New Brunswick, Mexico. [Centaurium exaltatum (Griseb.) Piper] Plants in South Coast Ranges, Southwestern California, Baja California disjunct, with smaller flowers, pollen grains, needing taxonomic re-evaluation. May–Aug [Online Interchange]

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Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2013. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on Sep 21 2014
Citation for this treatment: [Author of taxon treatment] 2013. Zeltnera, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=81828, accessed on Sep 21 2014

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