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Abronia pogonantha

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Family: NyctaginaceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key
Habit: Annual, perennial herb, subshrub, [shrub, tree], glabrous or hairy. Stem: often forked. Leaf: opposite, sessile or petioled, pairs generally unequal; blade generally entire. Inflorescence: generally forked; spike, head-like cluster, or umbel, flowers rarely 1, bracts forming a calyx-like involucre or not. Flower: bisexual, generally +- radial (bilateral), sometimes cleistogamous in some genera; perianth of 1 whorl, generally petal-like, bell- to trumpet-shaped, base hardened, tightly surrounding ovary in fruit, lobes 3--5, generally notched to +- lobed; stamens 1--many; ovary superior (appearing inferior due to hardened perianth base), style 1. Fruit: achene in hardened perianth base; round to +- flat; smooth, angled, ribbed, or winged; glabrous, hairy, or glandular.
Genera In Family: 30 genera, 350 species: warm regions, especially America; some ornamental (Bougainvillea; Mirabilis, four o'clock).
eFlora Treatment Author: Andy Murdock, except as noted
Scientific Editor: Thomas J. Rosatti.
Genus: AbroniaView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Annual, perennial herb, generally glandular. Stem: prostrate to ascending, generally +- red. Leaf: generally fleshy, petioled. Inflorescence: head or umbel; flowers maturing outer before inner or +- simultaneously; receptacle conic, +- smooth; bracts 5--10. Flower: perianth salverform to trumpet-shaped, generally fragrant, lobes 4--5; stamens 4--5, included; stigma linear, included. Fruit: body fusiform; wings (0)2--5, lobe-like, prominent, opaque, thick, not continuous above fruit body.
Species In Genus: 25 species: western North America. Etymology: (Greek: graceful) Note: Closely related to Tripterocalyx; relationships among species Abronia gracilis Benth. (Mexico), Abronia maritima, Abronia umbellata, and Abronia villosa need study; hybrids involve Abronia latifolia, Abronia maritima, Abronia umbellata; Abronia gracilis included in TJM (1993) based on misidentifications.
Reference: Galloway 2003 FNANM 4:61--69
Abronia pogonantha Heimerl
Habit: Annual, glandular-hairy. Stem: decumbent to ascending, 10--55 cm. Leaf: petiole 0.8--4 cm; blade 1.5--5.5 cm, 1--3 cm wide, ovate to oblong-ovate. Inflorescence: peduncle 2--7 cm; bracts 4--9 mm, lanceolate to broadly ovate; flowers 12--24. Flower: perianth tube 1--2 cm, red or basally +- green, limb 6--8 mm wide, white to pink. Fruit: 4--6 mm, broadly obcordate, with sinus at top between wings; wings 2(3), interior spongy.
Ecology: Sand, desert communities; Elevation: < 2000 m. Bioregional Distribution: s SnJV, SnGb, DMoj, DMoj/SN; Distribution Outside California: western Nevada. Flowering Time: Apr--Jul
Jepson eFlora Author: Andy Murdock
Reference: Galloway 2003 FNANM 4:61--69
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Citation for this treatment: Andy Murdock 2012, Abronia pogonantha, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on December 17, 2018.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2018, Jepson eFlora,, accessed on December 17, 2018.

Abronia pogonantha
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© 2005 Christopher L. Christie
Abronia pogonantha
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Geographic subdivisions for Abronia pogonantha:
s SnJV, SnGb, DMoj, DMoj/SN;
Markers link to CCH specimen records. Yellow markers indicate records that may provide evidence for eFlora range revision or may have georeferencing or identification issues. Purple markers indicate specimens collected from a garden, greenhouse, or other non-wild location.
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(Note: any qualifiers in the taxon distribution description, such as 'northern', 'southern', 'adjacent' etc., are not reflected in the map above, and in some cases indication of a taxon in a subdivision is based on a single collection or author-verified occurence).

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