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Chamaesaracha nana

Higher Taxonomy
Family: SolanaceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Annual to shrub. Leaf: generally simple, generally alternate, generally petioled; stipules 0; blade entire to deeply lobed. Inflorescence: various. Flower: bisexual; calyx lobes generally 5; corolla +- radial, cylindric to rotate, lobes generally 5; stamens 5, on corolla tube, alternate lobes; ovary superior, generally 2-chambered, style 1. Fruit: berry, loculicidal or septicidal capsule, [(drupe)], 2--5-chambered.
Genera In Family: 75 genera, 3000 species: worldwide, especially +- tropics; many alien weeds in California; many cultivated for food, drugs, or ornamental (potato, tomato, peppers, tobacco, petunia); Toxicity: many TOXIC. Note: Nicandra physalodes (L.) Gaertn. is a waif.
eFlora Treatment Author: Michael H. Nee
Scientific Editor: Thomas J. Rosatti.
Genus: ChamaesarachaView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Perennial herb; hairs +- scale-like. Stem: decumbent, branched. Leaf: entire to +- deeply pinnately lobed. Inflorescence: axillary, cluster, 1--5-flowered. Flower: calyx in fruit +- enlarged but not bladder-like, open at top; corolla +- rotate, tomentose between stamen bases; anthers free, generally < filaments, opening by slits; style 1. Fruit: berry, spheric, partly enclosed by calyx. Seed: +- flat, reniform.
Species In Genus: +- 9 species: especially southwestern United States, Mexico. Etymology: (Greek: low Saracha, a South American genus in family)

Chamaesaracha nana (A. Gray) A. Gray
Stem: 1--several from base, 5--25 cm. Leaf: 15--50 mm. Inflorescence: pedicel 8--18 mm, in fruit < 3 cm, recurved. Flower: calyx +- 5 mm, in fruit < 10 mm, lobes in fruit 2--3 mm; corolla +- white; filaments 5 mm. Fruit: 1--1.2 cm wide. Seed: 1.5--2 mm. Chromosomes: n=12.
Ecology: Sandy soils, slopes, conifer forest; Elevation: 1500--2800 m. Bioregional Distribution: CaR, SNH, GB; Distribution Outside California: Oregon, Nevada. Flowering Time: May--Jul
Synonyms: Leucophysalis nana (A. Gray) Averett
eFlora Treatment Author: Michael H. Nee
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Citation for this treatment: Michael H. Nee 2016. Chamaesaracha nana, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on April 28, 2016.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora,, accessed on April 28, 2016.

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