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Euclidium syriacum

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Family: Brassicaceae (Cruciferae)View DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Annual to shrub; sap pungent, watery. Leaf: generally simple, alternate; generally both basal, cauline; stipules 0. Inflorescence: generally raceme, generally not bracted. Flower: bisexual, generally radial; sepals 4, generally free; petals (0)4, forming a cross, generally white or yellow to purple; stamens generally 6 (2 or 4), 4 long, 2 short (3 pairs of unequal length); ovary 1, superior, generally 2-chambered with septum connecting 2 parietal placentas; style 1, stigma entire or 2-lobed. Fruit: capsule, generally 2-valved, "silique" (length >= 3 × width) or "silicle" (length < 3 × width), dehiscent by 2 valves or indehiscent, cylindric or flat parallel or perpendicular to septum, segmented or not. Seed: 1--many, in 1 or 2 rows per chamber, winged or wingless; embryo strongly curved.
Genera In Family: +- 330 genera, 3780 species: worldwide, especially temperate. Note: Highest diversity in Mediterranean area, mountains of southwestern Asia, adjacent central Asia, western North America; some Brassica species are oil or vegetable crops; Arabidopsis thaliana used in experimental molecular biology; many species are ornamentals, weeds. Aurinia saxatilis (L.) Desvaux in cultivation only. Aubrieta occasional waif in central NCoR, Carrichtera annua (L.) DC. in SCo, Iberis sempervirens L., Iberis umbellata L. in PR, Teesdalia coronopifolia (Bergeret) Thell., Teesdalia nudicaulis (L.) W.T. Aiton in southern NCoRO, CCo. Cardaria, Coronopus moved to Lepidium; Caulostramina to Hesperidanthus; Guillenia to Caulanthus; Heterodraba to Athysanus; California taxa of Lesquerella to Physaria; Malcolmia africana to Strigosella.
eFlora Treatment Author: Ihsan A. Al-Shehbaz, except as noted
Scientific Editor: Douglas H. Goldman, Bruce G. Baldwin.
Genus: EuclidiumView Description 

Species In Genus: 1 sp.: Eurasia. Etymology: (Greek: tightly shut, from indehiscent fruit)
eFlora Treatment Author: Ihsan A. Al-Shehbaz

Euclidium syriacum (L.) W.T. Aiton
Habit: Annual, hairy throughout, hairs minutely stalked, 2(3)-forked, some simple. Stem: (0.4)1--4(4.5) dm, rigid, branched proximally. Leaf: simple, not rosetted, petioled, base not lobed or clasping; basal, proximal cauline (1.5)2--9(12) cm, oblong to lance-oblong, entire, dentate, or wavy-margined; distal cauline +- sessile. Inflorescence: spike-like, open. Flower: sepals erect, 0.6--0.9 mm, base not sac-like; petals 0.9--1.3 mm, 0.1--0.2 mm wide, spoon-shaped, white. Fruit: silicle, sessile, appressed, 2--2.5 mm, 1.5--2 mm wide, ovoid, occasionally 4-sided; woody; style 1--1.8 mm, conical, stigma 2-lobed; pedicel erect, 0.5--1(1.2) mm, stout. Seed: 2(4), 1.3--1.7 mm, oblong. Chromosomes: 2n=14.
Ecology: Disturbed pastures, roadsides; Elevation: 1000--1500 m. Bioregional Distribution: MP; Distribution Outside California: to Washington, Colorado; native to Eurasia. Flowering Time: May--Jun
eFlora Treatment Author: Ihsan A. Al-Shehbaz
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Citation for this treatment: Ihsan A. Al-Shehbaz 2012, Euclidium syriacum, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on February 22, 2018.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2018, Jepson eFlora,, accessed on February 22, 2018.

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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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