Jepson Flora Project: Jepson Interchange    

link to manual TREATMENT FROM THE JEPSON MANUAL (1993) previous taxon | next taxon
Jepson Interchange (more information)
©Copyright 1993 by the Regents of the University of California

  • Up-to-date information about California vascular plants is available from the Jepson eFlora.



John Bleck, Wayne R. Ferren Jr., Nancy J. Vivrette

Annual, perennial herb, shrub, generally fleshy
Stem underground or prostrate to erect
Leaves generally simple, generally cauline, generally opposite; stipule generally 0; blade generally glabrous, often glaucous
Inflorescence: cyme or flower solitary
Flower generally bisexual, radial; hypanthium present; sepals 3–8; petals generally many in several whorls, free or fused at base, linear, sometimes 0; stamens 1–many, free or fused in groups, outer often petal-like; nectary a ring or separate glands; pistil 1, ovary superior to inferior, chambers 1–20, placentas generally parietal, styles 0–20, stigmas 1–20
Fruit: generally capsule, opening by flaps or circumscissile, or berry or nut
Seeds 1–many per chamber, often with aril
Genera in family: 130 genera, 2500 species: generally subtropical, especially s Africa; many cultivated, some waifs in CA (e.g., Disphyma crassifolium (L.) L. Bolus: ovary glands convex and minutely crenate, stigmas densely plumose, fruit chambers 5, seeds ovate, ± smooth; Lampranthus species: ovary glands fused, fruit chambers 5, seeds pear-shaped, ± black, rough; both genera members of Ruschieae)
Reference: [Ferren et al. 1981 Madroño 28:80–85]
Glinus, Mollugo are in Molluginaceae.



Wayne R. Ferren Jr.

Annual, perennial herb, shrub, glabrous, generally papillate
Stem prostrate to erect, forming mats < 2 m diam; nodes sometimes rooting
Leaves generally < 6 cm; stipule 0; petiole base generally wide with scarious margins; blade linear to ovate, entire
Inflorescence: cyme, cluster or flower solitary; bracts 0 or 2
Flower: hypanthium obconic; calyx lobes 5, generally hooded near tip, reddish within; petals 0; stamens 1–many, often fused at base; ovary half-superior, chambers 2–5, placentas axile, styles 2–5, papillate
Fruit: capsule, circumscissile, ovoid to conic, thin-walled
Seeds many, ± reniform, generally smooth, shiny, black or brown; aril present
Species in genus: 8 species: generally tropical, subtropical coasts, deserts.


S. verrucosum Raf.


Perennial, branched from base, minutely papillate
Stems many, < 9 dm; nodes not rooting
Leaf 0.5–4 cm, linear to widely spoon-shaped; base clasping stem
Inflorescence: flower solitary, axillary, sessile or peduncle short
Flower: calyx lobes 4–10 mm, margins scarious, hooded or beaked, outer surface papillate; stamens many, filaments fused to midlength, reddish
Fruit 4–5 mm
Seed 0.8–1 mm, smooth
Ecology: Uncommon. Moist or seasonally dry flats, margins of generally saline wetlands
Elevation: < 1400 m.
Bioregional distribution: Great Central Valley, Outer South Coast Ranges, South Coast, Western Transverse Ranges, Peninsular Ranges, East of Sierra Nevada, Desert
Distribution outside California: to Oregon, Kansas, S.America
Flowering time: Apr–Nov

previous taxon | next taxon
bioregional map for SESUVIUM%20verrucosum being generated

Retrieve Jepson Interchange Index to Plant Names entry for Sesuvium verrucosum
Retrieve dichotomous key for Sesuvium
Overlay Consortium of California Herbaria specimen data by county on this map
Show other taxa with the same California distribution | Read about bioregions | Get lists of plants in a bioregion
Return to the Jepson Interchange main page
Return to treatment index page

University & Jepson Herbaria Home Page |
General Information | University Herbarium | Jepson Herbarium |
Visiting the Herbaria | On-line Resources | Research |
Education | Related Sites
Copyright © by the Regents of the University of California