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Nancy Morin, except as specified

Annual to tree
Leaves generally cauline, generally simple, generally alternate, petioled or not; stipules 0
Inflorescence: panicle, raceme, spike, or flowers solitary in axils, generally open; bracts leaf-like or not
Flower: bisexual, radial or bilateral, sometimes inverted (pedicel twisted 180°; hypanthium generally present, ± fused to ovary; sepals generally 5; corolla radial to 2-lipped, generally fused (tube sometimes split down back), lobes generally 5; stamens 5, free or ± fused (anthers and filaments fused into tube or filaments fused above middle); ovary inferior, sometimes half inferior, chambers 1–3, placentas axile or parietal, ovules many, style generally 1, 2–5-branched
Fruit: generally capsule, dehiscing on sides or at tip by pores or short valves
Seeds many
Genera in family: ± 70 genera, ± 2000 species: worldwide. Some cultivated for ornamental (Campanula, Jasione, Lobelia ). Subfamilies sometimes treated as different families.



Annual, glabrous to hairy; roots fibrous
Stem erect, simple or branched, 2–40 cm, 4-angled
Leaves cauline, widely linear to ovate, serrate, sessile
Inflorescence: flowers generally solitary, terminal
Flower pedicelled or not; sepals 0.5–3 X ovary, linear to narrowly triangular; corolla cylindric, funnel-, or bell-shaped, throat white, lobes linear to widely ovate, white to deep purple; ovary inferior, obconic to cylindric and narrowed near middle
Fruit dehiscing at top, through opening formed when style base falls off
Seeds ± 1 mm, angular-fusiform
Species in genus: 4 species: w North America
Etymology: (Greek: Githago -like)
Reference: [Morin 1983 Syst Bot 8:436–468]


G. tenella N. Morin

Plant hairy
Stem clambering to erect, 3–9 cm
Leaf 4–6.5 mm; bracts 2–5.6 mm, < 5 mm apart, ovate
Flower generally cleistogamous; pedicel 0–2 mm; sepals = ovary; corolla 2.5–3 mm, 2 X longer than wide at level of sinuses, cylindric, lobes < tube, deep blue; filament bases linear, glabrous; ovary 3–5 mm, obconic, ± 2–4.5 X longer than wide at top, middle ± narrowed, base long-tapered, ribs 10, those ending at sinuses ± raised, style ± 2–3 mm, upper 25% papillate
Ecology: Uncommon
Chromosomes: n=9. Moist places in oak woodlands
Elevation: 1100–1900 m.
Bioregional distribution: s High Sierra Nevada (Kern, Tulare cos.). Possibly also in s Inner South Coast Ranges (Cholame Hills, Monterey Co.).
See the CNPS Inventory for information about endangerment and rarity.
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