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Jepson Interchange (more information)
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Annual or perennial herb, generally fleshy
Stems generally glabrous
Leaves simple, alternate or opposite, sometimes stipuled
Flower bisexual, radial; sepals generally 2(8), free or fused at base; petals 318, free or ± fused; stamens 1many, free or inserted on corolla; ovary superior or partly inferior, chamber 1, placenta free-central or basal; styles 28, generally fused at base
Fruit: capsule, circumscissile or 23-valved
Seeds 1many, generally black, generally shiny
Genera in family: ± 20 genera, ± 400 species: generally temp Am, Australia, s Africa; some cultivated (Lewisia, Portulaca, Calandrinia )
Reference: [Bogle 1969 J Arnold Arbor 50:566598]
Family description and key to genera by Dieter H. Wilken & Walter A. Kelley.
Perennial, generally from short, thick, ± branched taproot, topped by short, sometimes very thick caudex at or below ground level, sometimes from spheric corm
Stem: aerial parts restricted to inflorescence
Leaves generally in basal rosette, simple, entire or not; base wide; margin generally ± translucent
Inflorescence ± scapose; stems 1many, generally leafless but bracted, sometimes disjointing in age, 1many-flowered
Flower: sepals 28, free, persistent; petals 418, variously colored, overlapping in bud; stamens 5many; styles 28, fused at base, stigmas 28, thread-like
Fruit: capsule, translucent, spheric or ovoid, circumscissile near base
Seeds 2many, dark, generally shiny, smooth or finely tuberculate
Species in genus: ± 20 species: w North America
Etymology: (Captain Meriwether Lewis, 17741809, of Lewis & Clark Expedition)
Reference: [Elliott 1966 Bull Alpine Gard Soc 34]
Horticultural information: DRN, IRR: pots and rock gardens only; DRY when dormant; DFCLT.
Root + caudex short, stout, tapered abruptly to narrow rootSee the CNPS Inventory for information about endangerment and rarity.
Leaves many, in spreading rosette, < 8 cm, spoon-shaped, finely to coarsely dentate, tapered to broad petiole; tip round, truncate, or notched
Inflorescence: stems 1several, 745 cm, each with a broad, lax, generally many-flowered panicle; flowers well exserted from leaves; bracts among flowers and few below, minute, lance-ovate, gland-toothed; pedicels ± = flowers, ± thread-like
Flower: sepals 2, ± 1/2 X corolla, ± round, margin gland-toothed; petals 56, 4.59 mm, obovate, pale pink with deeper veins, tip round; stamens 56; stigmas 3
Ecology: Granite cliff faces, rocky outcrops
Elevation: 4001300 m.
Bioregional distribution: Klamath Ranges, High Cascade Range, n High Sierra Nevada
Synonyms: L. cantelowii J.T. Howell
Plants with smaller inflorescence, deeper leaf serrations have been called L. serrata Heckard & Stebbins (Saw-toothed lewisia;RARE).