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Annual to subshrubs, fleshy
Leaves generally simple, generally basal and cauline, alternate or opposite, generally reduced upward
Inflorescence: generally cyme, generally bracted
Flower: sepals generally 35, generally ± free; petals generally 35, ± free or fused; stamens = to >> sepals, free or epipetalous; pistils generally 35, simple (sometimes fused at base), ovary 1-chambered, placenta 1, parietal, ovules 1many, style 1
Fruit: follicles generally 35
Seeds 1many, small
Genera in family: ± 30 genera, ± 1500 species: ± worldwide, especially dry temp; many cultivated for ornamental. Family description and generic key by Melinda F. Denton and Reid Moran.
Perennial, fleshy, glabrous
Stem generally caudex or corm-like, generally vertical, branched or not, generally covered with dried leaves or leaf bases
Leaves in basal rosettes, evergreen vernal and ephemeral
Inflorescence: cyme, axillary, 1-sided; bracts leaf-like, alternate
Flower: sepals 5, fused below; petals 5, fused at base, erect to spreading above; stamens 10, epipetalous; pistils 5, ± fused below
Fruit: follicles 5, erect to spreading, many-seeded
Seed < 1 mm, narrowly ovoid, brown, striate
Species in genus: ± 45 species: sw North America
Etymology: (W.R. Dudley, western US botanist, 18491911)
Reference: [Moran in Jacobsen 1960 Handb Succ Plant:344359]
Unopened follicles generally most reliable for posture (erect, spreading, etc.).
Stem: caudex 13.5 cm wide; branches 0many
Leaf 1.517 cm, 2.550 mm wide, generally oblanceolate to spoon-shaped, rarely ovate or linear-oblanceolate, ± glaucous; tip acute, often acuminate to abruptly sharp; rosette 120 cm wide
Inflorescence: 1° branches generally 24, generally spreading, branched 03 X ; peduncle 445 cm; terminal branches 15(17) cm, 210(20)-flowered; pedicel generally 515 mm
Flower: sepals 1.55 mm, deltate-ovate, acute; petals 714 mm, 1.53.5 mm wide, fused 13 mm, elliptic to lanceolate, narrowly acute, yellow to red
Ecology: Rocky outcrops, slopes, talus
Elevation: 502700 m.
Bioregional distribution: North Coast Ranges, Cascade Range, Sierra Nevada, Central Western California (except Central Coast), Transverse Ranges
Distribution outside California: sw Oregon
Stem: caudex 1.52 cm wide, cespitose, many-branched
Leaf (1)28 cm, 2.58 mm wide, linear to linear-oblanceolate, glaucous; rosettes 540 per plant, densely packed, 15 cm wide
Inflorescence: peduncle 515(20) cm; terminal branches 14 cm, 27-flowered; pedicel 2.59 mm
Flower: petals bright yellow
Ecology: Limestone outcrops
Elevation: 14501600 m.
Bioregional distribution: s High Sierra Nevada (Tule River, Tulare Co.).