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Eriastrum hooveri

Higher Taxonomy
Family: PolemoniaceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Annual, perennial herb, shrub, vine. Leaf: simple or compound, cauline (or most basal), alternate or opposite; stipules 0. Inflorescence: cymes, heads, clusters, or flower 1; bracts in involucres or not. Flower: sepals generally 5, fused at base, translucent membrane generally connecting lobes, torn by fruit; corolla generally 5-lobed, radial or bilateral, salverform to bell-shaped, throat often well defined; stamens generally 5, epipetalous, attached at >= 1 level, filaments of >= 1 length, pollen white, yellow, blue, or red; ovary superior, chambers generally 3, style 1, stigmas generally 3. Fruit: capsule. Seed: 1--many, when wetted swelling or not, gelatinous or not.
Genera In Family: 26 genera, 314 species: America, northern Europe, northern Asia; some cultivated (Cantua, Cobaea (cup-and-saucer vine), Collomia, Gilia, Ipomopsis, Linanthus, Phlox). Note: Leptodactylon moved to Linanthus.
eFlora Treatment Author: Robert Patterson, family description, key to genera
Scientific Editor: Robert Patterson, Thomas J. Rosatti.
Genus: EriastrumView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Glabrous to woolly, glandular or not. Stem: generally erect. Leaf: cauline, alternate, generally pinnate-lobed or simple; lobes generally linear or lanceolate. Inflorescence: head-like, bracted, generally densely woolly; bracts leaf-like; flowers sessile. Flower: calyx lobes unequal, generally woolly; corolla radial or bilateral, funnel-shaped to salverform; stamens equal or not, anthers generally sagittate, pollen white or blue; style included or exserted. Seed: 1--several per chamber.
Species In Genus: 18 species: western North America. Etymology: (Greek: woolly star) Note: Eriastrum ertterae, Eriastrum rosamondense described since TJM2 (Gowen 2013 J Bot Res Inst Texas 7: 21--24). Apparently more undescribed variation; genus being revised.
eFlora Treatment Author: Sarah De Groot, David Gowen & Robert Patterson

Eriastrum hooveri (Jeps.) H. Mason
Habit: Annual. Stem: 3--15 cm. Leaf: 5--25 mm, linear, entire or 3-lobed at base, +- glabrous to woolly. Inflorescence: few-flowered, -bracted. Flower: corolla 5--7 mm, +- salverform, white, tube 2--2.5 mm, throat 1--1.5 mm, lobes 2--3 mm; stamens attached 1 mm below sinus, 1--1.25 mm, included. Seed: (1)2--4 per chamber.
Ecology: Alkaline flats, above dry streambeds; Elevation: < 900 m. Bioregional Distribution: s SNF (ne Kern Co.), SnJV, WTR (ne Santa Barbara Co.). Flowering Time: Mar--Jul Note: Plants from western DMoj noted as probably an undescribed taxon in TJM2 now treated as Eriastrum rosamondense.
eFlora Treatment Author: Sarah De Groot, David Gowen & Robert Patterson
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Citation for this treatment: Sarah De Groot, David Gowen & Robert Patterson 2016. Eriastrum hooveri, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on October 23, 2016.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora,, accessed on October 23, 2016.

Eriastrum hooveri
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Eriastrum hooveri
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Geographic subdivisions for Eriastrum hooveri:
s SNF (ne Kern Co.), SnJV, WTR (ne Santa Barbara Co.).
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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