This page is based on the 1993 Jepson Manual.
Please see the Jepson eFlora for up-to-date information about California vascular plants.
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Jepson Interchange (more information)
©Copyright 1993 by the Regents of the University of California
Print edition is available from the University of California Press
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Subshrubs, shrubs, generally from rhizome; salt-secreting glands present
Stem prostrate to erect, nodes swollen, often rooting; petioles or dead leaves persisting on older stems
Leaves opposite, 4-ranked, ± clustered; blade entire, generally leathery or fleshy, glabrous to hairy, margins rolled under
Inflorescence: cyme, axillary; flowers 125
Flower generally bisexual, radial; sepals 47, fused; petals 47, free, overlapping, clawed (together appearing salverform), white to blue-purple, petal blade with a scale-like appendage near base; stamens 312 in two whorls, outer shorter; ovary superior, chambers 14, style branches 14; ovules 1many
Fruit: loculicidal capsule
Seed ivory to golden-brown
Genera in family: 1 genus, 90 species: temp saline and gypsum soils
Reference: [Whalen 1987 Syst Bot Monogr 17:193]
Etymology: (Possibly named for J. Franke, Swedish botanist born 1590 or for Johann Frankenius, colleague of Linnaeus)
Shrub 110 dm diamSee the CNPS Inventory for information about endangerment and rarity.
Stem decumbent, 13 dm; twig generally with scattered hairs
Leaf sparsely to densely hairy
Inflorescences in few uppermost axils
Flower: calyx tube 35 mm; petals 34 mm, white, lower half often pink; stamens generally 4, 49 mm; style branches generally 2
Fruit 22.5 mm
Seed 1, 1.42 mm, ovoid-conic
Ecology: Alkali flats, coastal marshes, dunes
Elevation: < 450 m.
Bioregional distribution: South Coast (sw San Diego Co.)
Distribution outside California: n Mexico
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