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Convolvulus simulans

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Family: ConvolvulaceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Annual, perennial herb, subshrub, generally twining or trailing. Leaf: 0 or alternate. Inflorescence: cyme or flowers 1 in axils; bracts subtending flowers 0 or 2. Flower: bisexual, radial; sepals (4)5, +- free, overlapping, persistent, often unequal; corolla generally showy, generally bell-shaped, +- shallowly 5-lobed, generally pleated and twisted in bud; stamens 5, epipetalous; pistil 1, ovary superior, chambers generally 2, each generally 2-ovuled, styles 1--2. Fruit: generally capsule. Seed: 1--4(6).
Genera In Family: 55--60 genera, 1600--1700 species: warm temperate to tropics; some cultivated for food or as ornamental (Ipomoea). Note: Monophyletic only if Cuscutaceae included, as treated here. Ipomoea cairica (L.) Sweet, Ipomoea hederacea Jacq. [Ipomoea nil L., misappl.], Ipomoea indica (Burm.) Merr. (including Ipomoea mutabilis Ker Gawl.), Ipomoea purpurea (L.) Roth, Ipomoea triloba L., all included in TJM (1993), not naturalized.
eFlora Treatment Author: Robert E. Preston, except as noted
Scientific Editor: Thomas J. Rosatti.
Genus: ConvolvulusView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Annual, perennial herb from caudex or rhizome, generally +- glabrous. Stem: generally trailing to high-climbing, generally twisting, twining. Leaf: generally > 1 cm, generally petioled, generally cordate or hastate. Inflorescence: bracts generally 2, > 1 mm below calyx, not hiding it. Flower: generally showy; corolla generally funnel-shaped, pleated, 5-angled or -lobed; stamens included; ovary chambers 2, septa complete, stigma lobes 2, linear to narrowly spoon-shaped, tips acute. Fruit: spheric, +- inflated. Seed: generally 4.
Species In Genus: 250 species: generally temperate. Etymology: (Latin, entwine) Note: Not easily distinguished from Calystegia.

Convolvulus simulans L.M. Perry
Habit: Annual, strigose. Stem: tufted, diffusely branched, 10--40 cm. Leaf: entire, generally < 6 cm, oblanceolate, +- sessile, narrowed to base. Inflorescence: peduncles 1-flowered, short, +- sharply nodding in fruit; bracts 3--7 mm, linear or narrowly oblanceolate, 2--5 mm below calyx. Flower: calyx lobes 3--4 mm, oblong-obovate; corolla +- 0.6 cm, bell-shaped, pale-pink or -blue, lobes +- 1/2 tube, +- ascending. Fruit: +- 7 mm.
Ecology: Clay substrates, occasionally serpentine, annual grassland, coastal-sage scrub, chaparral; Elevation: 30--875 m. Bioregional Distribution: s SNF, SnJV/SCoRI, SnFrB, s SCoRO, SCo, ChI, WTR, PR; Distribution Outside California: Arizona, Baja California. Flowering Time: Apr--Jun
eFlora Treatment Author: Robert E. Preston
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Citation for this treatment: Robert E. Preston 2016. Convolvulus simulans, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on May 05, 2016.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora,, accessed on May 05, 2016.

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Geographic subdivisions for Convolvulus simulans:
s SNF, SnJV/SCoRI, SnFrB, s SCoRO, SCo, ChI, WTR, PR;
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