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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.


Thomas J. Rosatti

Species in genus: 1 sp
Etymology: (Count F.P. Luètke, Russian sea captain, 1797–1882)


L. pectinata (Pursh) Kuntze

Subshrub 5–15 cm, ± prostrate
Leaves ± sessile, unstipuled; lower leaves linear; upper leaves 5–15 mm, ± 2-ternately dissected; segments linear, pointed, ribbed below, grooved above
Inflorescence: raceme, ± scapose, 1–7 cm, narrow; bracts linear to ternately dissected
Flower: hypanthium hemispheric, bractlets 0; sepals ± 2 mm, ovate; petals ± 3 mm, ± obovate, white; stamens ± 20; ovaries 4–6, free, superior
Fruit: follicles 4–6, ± 4 mm, leathery, dehiscent along both sutures
Seeds > 1, ± fusiform, flat, smooth
Ecology: Moist slopes, often near snow, coniferous forests
Elevation: 1800–2800 m.
Bioregional distribution: Klamath Ranges, High Cascade Range
Distribution outside California: to Alaska
Horticultural information: DRN, IRR: 4, 5, 6 &SHD: 1, 2, 7, 15, 16; DFCLT.

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