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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)
Unabridged Reference: Averett 1973 Rhodora 75:325--365

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;
Jepson eFlora Author: Michael H. Nee
Unabridged Reference: Averett 1973 Rhodora 75:325--365
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Citation for this treatment: Michael H. Nee 2012, Chamaesaracha nana, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on November 15, 2018.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2018, Jepson eFlora,, accessed on November 15, 2018.

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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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Duplicates counted once; synonyms included.
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