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Jepson Interchange (more information)
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Annual to trees, some dioecious
Stem: nodes often swollen
Leaves simple, basal or cauline, alternate, opposite, or whorled, generally entire; stipules 0 or obvious and fused into a generally scarious sheath around stem
Inflorescence: small cluster, axillary or arrayed in cymes or panicles; involucres sometimes subtending 1many flowers
Flower generally bisexual, small, ± radial; perianth generally 56-lobed, base ± tapered, often jointed to pedicel; stamens 29, often in 2 whorls; ovary superior, styles generally 3, generally fused at base
Fruit: achene, generally enclosed by persistent perianth, generally 3-angled, ovoid, and glabrous
Genera in family: 50 genera, 1100 species: worldwide, especially n temp; some cultivated for food (Fagopyrum ; Rheum , rhubarb; Rumex , sorrel) or ornamental (Antigonon , coral-vine; Muehlenbeckia ; Polygonum )
Reference: [Ronse Decraene & Akeroyd 1988 Bot J Linn Soc 98:321371; Reveal et al. 1989 Phytologia 66(24):83414]
Treatments of the 15 eriogonoid genera are based on the monographic work of James L. Reveal, who is gratefully acknowledged.
Annual, perennial herb, shrub, vine
Stem prostrate to erect, or climbing, or floating, < 3 m
Leaves generally cauline, alternate, sessile or petioled; stipules fused, sheathing stem above nodes, generally scarious or membranous; blade sometimes obviously jointed to stipule sheath
Inflorescence: unit a 18-flowered cluster, these arrayed singly or in head-like to open panicles
Flower: perianth lobes generally 5; stamens 38, filaments generally wider at base
Fruit generally ovoid, 3-angled, sometimes round, flat, indented; shiny to dull, brown to black
Species in genus: ± 300 species: worldwide, especially n temp
Etymology: (Greek: many knees, from swollen nodes of some species)
Reference: [Ronse Decraene & Ackeroyd 1988 Bot J Linn Soc 98:321371]
Segregate genera (e.g., Bistorta, Fallopia, Persicaria ) are sometimes recognized.
Stem gnarled below; twigs erect, < 6 dm, barely woody, slender, whip-like
Leaves crowded at branch tips and in axillary clusters, sessile; stipule margin deeply fringed; blade obscurely jointed to stipule, < 2 cm, linear, spine-tipped, some ± recurved, veins 3
Flowers 12 in upper axils, sessile; perianth ± 3 mm, white to pink, midribs dark; styles free
Fruit ± 3 mm, ovoid-elliptic, brown, shiny
Ecology: Uncommon. Open, rocky places
Elevation: 3001500 m.
Bioregional distribution: Northwestern California (especially Napa Co.), Cascade Range, n&c Sierra Nevada
Horticultural information: TRY; STBL.