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Lauramay T. Dempster

Subshrub, shrub, vine, or small tree
Leaves opposite, simple or compound; stipules generally 0
Flower: calyx tube fused to ovary, limb generally 5-lobed; corolla radial or bilateral, rotate to cylindric, generally 5-lobed; stamens generally 5, epipetalous, alternate corolla lobes; ovary inferior, 1–5-chambered, style l
Fruit: berry, drupe, or capsule
Genera in family: ± 12 genera, 450 species: especially n temp
Recent taxonomic note: Recently treated to include Valerianaceae (and Dispaceae); Sambucus, Viburnum recently treated in Adoxaceae



Shrub, erect or twining
Leaves simple, entire, short-petioled; 1–2 pairs beneath inflorescence often fused around stem
Inflorescence: spikes, interrupted, at ends of branches, or flowers paired on axillary peduncles and subtended by 0–2 sets of bracts
Flower: calyx-limb 0 or generally 5-toothed, generally persistent; corolla 5-lobed, ± radial or strongly 2-lipped (4 upper lobes, 1 lower), tube pouched at base; ovary chambers 2–3
Fruit: berry, generally round
Species in genus: ± 200 species: temp, subtropical North America, Eur, Asia, n Africa
Etymology: (Adam Lonitzer, German herbalist, 16th century)
Reference: [Rehder 1903 Rep Missouri Bot Gard 14:27–231]
2 collections (Del Norte Co., Eldorado Co.) have purplish, apparently sterile, variously distorted flowers with long, slender ovary/hypanthium; probably alien (key 7.).


L. hispidula Douglas var. vacillans A. Gray

Plant sprawling or climbing, 18–60 dm; herbage puberulent
Leaf 4–8 cm; blade oblong to ovate, base truncate or subcordate, tip generally obtuse; upper pairs fused around stem, others generally with green or merely scale-like stipules
Inflorescence: spike, in upper axils, long, interrupted, very glandular, especially in fruit; flowers in pairs, sessile
Flower: corolla 12–16 mm, strongly 2-lipped, pink, glandular-hairy, upper lip shallowly 4-lobed; stamens, style and stigma exserted
Fruit ± 8 mm, red
Ecology: Canyons, streamsides, woodlands
Elevation: < 1100 m.
Bioregional distribution: Northwestern California, Sierra Nevada, Central Western California, Southwestern California
Distribution outside California: s Oregon
Synonyms: var. californica Jeps
Horticultural information: 15, 16, 17, IRR: 7, 24 &SHD: 8, 9, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23; STBL.

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