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|Family: Sapindaceae||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
|Genus: Aesculus||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
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Aesculus californica (Spach) Nutt.
Habit: Plant 4--12 m, broad, rounded. Leaf: leaflets 5--7, 6--17 cm, lance-oblong, finely serrate, acute to acuminate; petiole 1--12 cm. Inflorescence: panicle-like, erect, 1--2 dm, finely hairy; pedicel 3--10 mm. Flower: calyx 5--8 mm, 2-lobed; petals 12--18 mm, white to pale rose; stamens 5--7, 18--30 mm, exserted, anthers orange. Fruit: generally 1 at inflorescence tip, occasionally 2--9, 5--8 cm diam. Seed: generally 1, 2--5 cm, glossy brown. Chromosomes: 2n=40.
Ecology: Dry slopes, canyons, borders of streams; Elevation: < 1700 m. Bioregional Distribution: c&s NW, s CaR, SNF, n&c SNH, Teh, GV (scattered near foothills), n&c CW, WTR, sw DMoj; Distribution Outside California: southwestern Oregon. Toxicity: All parts TOXIC. Native Americans used ground seed as fish poison; nectar and pollen TOXIC to honeybees. Flowering Time: May--Jun(Aug) Note: Generally deciduous Jun--Feb.
eFlora Treatment Author: William J. Stone
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Citation for this treatment: William J. Stone 2016. Aesculus californica, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=12026, accessed on May 29, 2016.
Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on May 29, 2016.