|Jepson Flora Project: Jepson Interchange|
|TREATMENT FROM THE JEPSON MANUAL (1993)||
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Jepson Interchange (more information)
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Perennial, subshrubs; roots generally in fleshy clustersRetrieve key for PAEONIACEAE
Stems 1several from root crown
Leaves basal and cauline, alternate, large, deeply (generally ternately) dissected to compound, ± fleshy; stipules 0
Inflorescence: flowers solitary or few in a cluster, terminal
Flower: sepals generally 5, free, leathery, persistent; petals generally 510; stamens many, maturing outward from flower axis; pistils 25, simple, coarse, thick-walled, surrounded at base by lobed nectary-disk
Fruit: follicles, 25, thick-walled, subtended by persistent calyx
Seeds large, generally several per follicle, generally black, with an aril.