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Jepson Interchange (more information)
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Annual to tree
Leaves generally cauline, generally simple, generally alternate, petioled or not; stipules 0
Inflorescence: panicle, raceme, spike, or flowers solitary in axils, generally open; bracts leaf-like or not
Flower: bisexual, radial or bilateral, sometimes inverted (pedicel twisted 180°; hypanthium generally present, ± fused to ovary; sepals generally 5; corolla radial to 2-lipped, generally fused (tube sometimes split down back), lobes generally 5; stamens 5, free or ± fused (anthers and filaments fused into tube or filaments fused above middle); ovary inferior, sometimes half inferior, chambers 13, placentas axile or parietal, ovules many, style generally 1, 25-branched
Fruit: generally capsule, dehiscing on sides or at tip by pores or short valves
Genera in family: ± 70 genera, ± 2000 species: worldwide. Some cultivated for ornamental (Campanula, Jasione, Lobelia ). Subfamilies sometimes treated as different families.
Species in genus: 1 sp
Etymology: (Anagram of E. L. Greene, American botanist, 18431915)
Annual, emergent or terrestrial, glabrousSee the CNPS Inventory for information about endangerment and rarity.
Stem reclining, 1030 cm; lateral branches erect, slender, stiff, sometimes fleshy
Leaves cauline, narrowly triangular, entire, sessile, early deciduous
Inflorescence: raceme, terminal; axis ± zigzag; bract 1 per flower, 612 mm, ovate, leaf-like, spreading; pedicels 620 mm in fruit
Flower not inverted; sepals 1/31/2 X ovary, triangular; corolla white, sometimes 0 in lower flowers, tube ± 1.5 mm, linear, split down back ± to base, 2-lipped, upper lip 2-lobed, lobes ± 2 mm, narrow, erect, lower lip 3-lobed, lobes ± 2 mm, obovate; stamens fused into tube, anthers 0.51 mm, sometimes free with age, 2 shorter anthers minutely appendaged; ovary inferior, ± 3.5 mm, narrowly obconic, stigma head-like, smooth
Fruit 610 mm, 12 mm diam, cylindric, 1-chambered, slightly > hypanthium, tip rounded, dehiscing at tip
Seeds 1 mm, elliptic, shiny, chestnut-brown
Ecology: Wet areas, vernal pools
Elevation: < 610 m.
Bioregional distribution: s North Coast Ranges, s Sacramento Valley, n San Joaquin Valley, San Francisco Bay Area (Santa Cruz Mtns, Mount Hamilton Range).