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Allophyllum divaricatum

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Family: PolemoniaceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Annual, perennial herb, shrub, vine. Leaf: simple or compound, cauline (or most basal), alternate or opposite; stipules 0. Inflorescence: cymes, heads, clusters, or flower 1; bracts in involucres or not. Flower: sepals generally 5, fused at base, translucent membrane generally connecting lobes, torn by fruit; corolla generally 5-lobed, radial or bilateral, salverform to bell-shaped, throat often well defined; stamens generally 5, epipetalous, attached at >= 1 level, filaments of >= 1 length, pollen white, yellow, blue, or red; ovary superior, chambers generally 3, style 1, stigmas generally 3. Fruit: capsule. Seed: 1--many, when wetted swelling or not, gelatinous or not.
Genera In Family: 26 genera, 314 species: America, northern Europe, northern Asia; some cultivated (Cantua, Cobaea (cup-and-saucer vine), Collomia, Gilia, Ipomopsis, Linanthus, Phlox). Note: Leptodactylon moved to Linanthus.
eFlora Treatment Author: Robert Patterson, family description, key to genera, except as noted
Scientific Editor: Robert Patterson, Thomas J. Rosatti.
Genus: AllophyllumView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Annual, hairy, +- minutely glandular. Stem: erect, generally branched. Leaf: alternate, dark green, generally deeply pinnate-lobed, +- palmate-lobed upward; lobes linear to lanceolate, blunt-tipped, central lobe widest. Inflorescence: flowers generally in clusters. Flower: calyx tube narrowly membranous between lobes, lobes blunt-tipped, translucent below in fruit, membrane splitting; corolla radial or bilateral, funnel-shaped, throat narrow, tapered, lobes narrowly obovate; stamens attached in tube. Fruit: < calyx, spheric; valves generally falling. Seed: 1--3 per chamber, concave, black or brown, gelatinous when wet, ends rounded.
Species In Genus: 4 species: western North America. Etymology: (Greek: other leaf)
eFlora Treatment Author: Leigh A. Johnson & Alva G. Day

Allophyllum divaricatum (Nutt.) A.D. Grant & V.E. Grant
Habit: Plant odor skunk-like. Stem: < 60 cm; glands generally long-stalked. Leaf: lobes of lower 3--13, 4--8 mm wide, +- lanceolate. Inflorescence: open or dense; flowers 2--8 in clusters; pedicels elongating in fruit. Flower: corolla 8--22 mm, tube red-purple, lobes 2--4 mm, pink; stamens unequal, included or longest exserted; style included or exserted. Seed: 1--3 per chamber, brown. Chromosomes: 2n=16,18.
Ecology: Sandy areas, chaparral, woodland; Elevation: 300--1800 m. Bioregional Distribution: KR, NCoRI, s CaR, SNF, SnFrB, SCoR, TR, PR. Flowering Time: Apr--Jun
eFlora Treatment Author: Leigh A. Johnson & Alva G. Day
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Citation for this treatment: Leigh A. Johnson & Alva G. Day 2017. Allophyllum divaricatum, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on August 20, 2017.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2017. Jepson eFlora,, accessed on August 20, 2017.

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Geographic subdivisions for Allophyllum divaricatum:
KR, NCoRI, s CaR, SNF, SnFrB, SCoR, TR, PR.
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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Blue line denotes eFlora flowering time.