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Annual to tree
Leaves simple to pinnately to palmately compound, generally alternate; stipules free to fused, persistent to deciduous
Inflorescence: cyme, raceme, panicle, or flowers solitary
Flower generally bisexual, radial; hypanthium free or fused to ovary, saucer- to funnel-shaped, often with bractlets alternate with sepals; sepals generally 5; petals generally 5, free; stamens (0)5–many, pistils (0)1–many, simple or compound; ovary superior to inferior, styles 1–5
Fruit: achene, follicle, drupe, pome, or blackberry- to raspberry-like
Seeds generally 1–5
Genera in family: 110 genera, ± 3000 species: worldwide, especially temp. Many cultivated for ornamental and fruit, especially Cotoneaster , Fragaria , Malus , Prunus , Pyracantha, Rosa , and Rubus
Reference: [Robertson 1974 J Arnold Arbor 55:303–332,344–401,611–662]
Family description, key to genera by Barbara Ertter and Dieter H. Wilken.


Barbara Ertter

Perennial; glands inconspicuous
Stem ascending to erect
Leaves generally basal, odd-1-pinnate; leaflets lobed, unevenly toothed, often alternately large and small
Inflorescence: generally cyme, open
Flower: hypanthium shallow; bractlets generally 5; sepals 5; petals 5; stamens > 20; pistils many, ovaries superior, continuous to style at top
Fruit: achene ± flat; style long, persistent
Species in genus: 40–50 species: generally n temp, arctic
Etymology: (Latin: ancient name)


G. aleppicum Jacq.

Plant tufted, drying blackish green
Stem 40–100 cm
Leaf 15–40 cm; main leaflets 1–3 per side, largest nearly = lobes of terminal leaflet; terminal leaflet 5–10 cm, generally 3-lobed nearly to base, sharply toothed
Inflorescence generally 3–10-flowered; pedicels straight
Flower rotate; bractlets < 3 mm, linear-lanceolate; sepals reflexed, 4–7 mm; petals 4–8 mm, ± ovate, unnotched, yellow, deciduous
Fruit: body 4–5 mm; style 4–6 mm, hooked below generally deciduous tip, hairs 0 to sparse
Chromosomes: n=21
Ecology: Very uncommon. Meadows
Elevation: 450–1500 m.
Bioregional distribution: n High Cascade Range (Mount Shasta), Modoc Plateau (Susanville)
Distribution outside California: to n&e N.America, Eurasia
Synonyms: G. strictum Aiton
See the CNPS Inventory for information about endangerment and rarity.
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