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Darmera peltata

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Family: SaxifragaceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Perennial herb from caudex or rhizome, generally +- hairy. Stem: often +- leafy on proximal 1/2, rarely trailing and leafy throughout. Leaf: generally simple, basal and/or cauline, generally alternate, generally petioled; veins +- palmate. Inflorescence: raceme or panicle, generally +- scapose. Flower: generally bisexual, generally radial; hypanthium free to +- fused to ovary; calyx lobes generally 5; petals generally 5, free, generally clawed, generally white; stamens 3, [4], 5, 8, or 10; pistils 1 (carpels +- fused, ovary lobed, chambers 1 or 2, placentas generally 2(3), axile or parietal or occasionally proximally axile and distally marginal in ovary lobes) or 2 (carpels free, placentas marginal), ovary nearly superior to inferior, occasionally more superior in fruit, styles generally 2(3). Fruit: capsule (generally 2(3)-beaked, valves generally 2(3), generally equal) or 2 follicles. Seed: generally many, small.
Genera In Family: +- 30 genera, 600 species: especially northern temperate, arctic, alpine; some cultivated (Bergenia, Darmera, Heuchera, Saxifraga, Tellima, Tolmiea). Note: California Mitella moved to Mitellastra, Ozomelis, Pectiantia; Suksdorfia ranunculifolia to Hemieva. Parnassia moved to Parnassiaceae.
eFlora Treatment Author: Michael S. Park & Patrick E. Elvander, except as noted
Scientific Editor: Bruce G. Baldwin.
Genus: DarmeraView Description 


Species In Genus: 1 sp. Etymology: (Karl Darmer, German horticulturist, 19th century)
eFlora Treatment Author: Michael S. Park

Darmera peltata (Torr. ex Benth.) Voss
Habit: Plant 3--15 dm; rhizome < 5 cm thick, fleshy, scaly; bulblets 0. Leaf: basal, < 1.5 m; blade peltate, generally > 1 dm, +- round, lobes deep, teeth irregular. Inflorescence: appearing before leaves, 7--20 dm, +- flat-topped; bracts generally scale-like or 0. Flower: hypanthium minute, free from ovary; calyx lobes reflexed, 3--4 mm, elliptic; petals not clawed, 5--7 mm, obovate, white to pink; stamens 10, 3--4 mm, filaments tapered; pistils 2, appearing fused early in flower, ovary superior, placentas marginal. Fruit: 2 follicles, 8--12 mm. Chromosomes: 2n=34.
Ecology: Rocky streambanks; Elevation: < 2000 m. Bioregional Distribution: KR, n NCoRO (Humboldt Co.), CaR, n SNF, SNH; Distribution Outside California: southwestern Oregon. Flowering Time: Apr--Sep
Synonyms: Darmera peltata (Torr. ex Benth.) Voss; Peltiphyllum peltatum (Torr. ex Benth.) Engl.; Saxifraga peltata Torr. ex Benth.
eFlora Treatment Author: Michael S. Park
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Citation for this treatment: Michael S. Park 2016. Darmera peltata, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on May 02, 2016.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora,, accessed on May 02, 2016.

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Geographic subdivisions for Darmera peltata:
KR, n NCoRO (Humboldt Co.), CaR, n SNF, SNH;
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