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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Jepson Interchange (more information)
©Copyright 1993 by the Regents of the University of California
Print edition is available from the University of California Press
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Annual to shrub or vine (generally per in CA)
Leaves basal, cauline, or both, generally alternate, entire to compound; stipules generally small
Inflorescence: head, raceme, panicle, or flowers solitary; peduncle bractlets 2
Flower generally bisexual, generally bilateral; sepals 5, free to slightly fused, generally persistent; petals 5, free, lowest generally spurred or pouched at base; stamens generally 5, alternate petals, filaments short, wide, anthers surrounding ovary, adherent or fused, often with nectaries at base, often with membranous appendage at tip; ovary superior, chamber 1, placentas 3, parietal, ovules generally many, style 1
Fruit: generally capsule, 3-valved, generally explosively dehiscent
Seeds generally appendaged
Genera in family: 15 genera, 600 species: generally temp, worldwide; some cultivated as ornamental; some Eur species medicinally useful as emetics, diuretics, purgatives
Reference: [Brizicky 1961 J Arnold Arbor 42:321333]
Annual or perennial herb < 35 cm, glabrous to hairy
Leaf entire to compound
Inflorescence: flower generally solitary, axillary
Flower bilateral; sepals subequal, appendaged at base; petals unequal, lowest spurred or pouched at base, lateral 2 equal, generally spreading, often hairy near base, upper 2 equal, erect; lower 2 stamens with nectaries projecting into spur
Fruit: capsule, ovoid to oblong
Etymology: (Latin: ancient name)
Reference: [Clausen 1964 Madroño 17:173197]
Cleistogamous flowers generally present. Seeds often dispersed by ants that feed on seed-appendages.
Plant 214 cm from rhizome < 5 mm diam, forming dense patches by late-season stolons
Leaves basal, simple, glabrous to hairy; petiole 5100 mm; blade 1055 mm, ovate-cordate to round-reniform, entire or obscurely toothed, thin, tip generally obtuse
Inflorescence: peduncle 20150 mm, sometimes reddish
Flower: petals white, lowest (including spur) 612 mm, lower 3 veined purple, lateral 2 bearded or not
Fruit 59 mm, glabrous
Ecology: Wet meadows, seeps, banks
Elevation: 10003400 m.
Bioregional distribution: n&c California Floristic Province (mtns), San Bernardino Mountains, San Jacinto Mountains, East of Sierra Nevada
Distribution outside California: to Canada, ne US, Nevada
Glabrous plants with deeply crenate leaves have been called subsp. pallens (Banks) M.S. Baker
Horticultural information: WET, DRN: 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 15, 16, 17 &SHD: 7, 18; DFCLT.
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