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|Family: Montiaceae||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
|Genus: Cistanthe||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
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Cistanthe ambigua (S. Watson) Carolin ex Hershk.
Stem: spreading to erect. Leaf: 1.5--6 cm, linear to +- spoon-shaped, +- cylindric. Inflorescence: panicle of umbel-like clusters, compact; bracts scarious; pedicel 1--3 mm, straight in fruit. Flower: sepals 2--5 mm, glabrous, margins white-scarious; petals 3--5, 2--5 mm; stamens 5--7(10). Fruit: < calyx. Seed: 6--15, 1--2 mm wide, +- elliptic to ovate, smooth, shiny, black.
Ecology: Desert scrub, sandy to silty soil, often alkaline; Elevation: < 1000 m. Bioregional Distribution: D; Distribution Outside California: southwestern Arizona, northwestern Mexico. Flowering Time: Feb--May
Synonyms: Calandrinia ambigua (S. Watson) Howell
Unabridged Note: Belongs in neither Calandrinia nor Cistanthe, and might better be treated as a separate, monotypic genus, according to Hershovitz (pers. comm.).
eFlora Treatment Author: John M. Miller & C. Matt Guilliams
Jepson Online Interchange
Previous taxon: Cistanthe
Next taxon: Cistanthe maritima
Citation for this treatment: John M. Miller & C. Matt Guilliams 2017. Cistanthe ambigua, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=19501, accessed on January 23, 2017.
Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2017. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on January 23, 2017.