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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|The second edition of The Jepson Manual (2012) is available from the University of California Press|
|See also the Jepson eFlora, which parallels the Second Edition|
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.