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Draperia systyla

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Family: BoraginaceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Annual to shrub or small tree, or non-green root parasite, often bristly or sharp-hairy. Stem: prostrate to erect. Leaf: basal and/or cauline, generally simple, generally alternate. Inflorescence: generally cymes, or panicle-, raceme-, head-, or spike-like, generally coiled in flower (often described as scorpioid), generally elongating in fruit, or flowers 1--2 per axil. Flower: bisexual, generally radial; sepals (4)5(10), fused at least at base, or free; corolla (4)5(10)-lobed, salverform, funnel-shaped, rotate, or bell-shaped, generally without scales at tube base, with 0 or 5 appendages at tube top, alternate stamens; stamens epipetalous; ovary generally superior, entire to 4-lobed, style 1(2), entire or 2-lobed or -branched. Fruit: valvate or circumscissile capsule or nutlets 1--4, free (fused), smooth to roughened, prickly or bristly or not.
Genera In Family: +- 120 genera, +- 2300 species: tropics, temperate, especially western North America, Mediterranean; some cultivated (Borago, Heliotropium, Echium, Myosotis, Nemophila, Phacelia, Symphytum, Wigandia). Toxicity: Many genera may be TOXIC from pyrrolizidine alkaloids or accumulated nitrates. Note: Recently treated to include Hydrophyllaceae, Lennoaceae. Wigandia urens added, as naturalized.
eFlora Treatment Author: Ronald B. Kelley, Robert Patterson, Richard R. Halse & Timothy C. Messick, family description, key to genera, treatment of genera by Ronald B. Kelley, except as noted
Scientific Editor: Ronald B. Kelley, Robert Patterson, Thomas J. Rosatti, Bruce G. Baldwin, David J. Keil.
Genus: DraperiaView Description 

Species In Genus: 1 sp. Etymology: (J.W. Draper, American historian, scientist, 1811--1882)
eFlora Treatment Author: Robert Patterson & Richard R. Halse

Draperia systyla (A. Gray) Torr. ex A. Gray.
Habit: Perennial herb; caudex woody; hairs soft, long. Stem: decumbent to erect, occasionally rooting, 1--4 dm, slender. Leaf: cauline, opposite; lower petioled, upper sessile; blade 1--7 cm, ovate, entire. Inflorescence: pedicels 1--2 mm. Flower: calyx lobes 4--6 mm, 6--9 mm in fruit, linear, hairy; corolla 7--14 mm, funnel-shaped, white to pink or lavender, hairy outside; stamens included, unequal, unequally attached; ovary chambers appearing 2, style 1, 3--4 mm, included, lobes 2. Fruit: capsule, 2--3 mm wide, spheric, long-hairy. Seed: 1--4, ovoid, angled, dark brown, honeycombed. Chromosomes: n=9.
Ecology: Woodland, talus, rock crevices; Elevation: 200--3000 m. Bioregional Distribution: KR, CaRH, SN. Flowering Time: May--Oct
Synonyms: Nama systyla A. Gray; Draperia systyla var. minor Brand;
eFlora Treatment Author: Robert Patterson & Richard R. Halse
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Citation for this treatment: Robert Patterson & Richard R. Halse 2012, Draperia systyla, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on September 19, 2018.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2018, Jepson eFlora,, accessed on September 19, 2018.

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