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Fagonia laevis

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Family: ZygophyllaceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Annual, perennial herb, shrub, often armed; caudex present or not. Stem: branched; nodes often angled, swollen. Leaf: 1-compound, opposite, petioled; stipules persistent or not; leaflets entire. Inflorescence: flowers 1--2 in axils. Flower: bisexual; sepals 5, free, persistent or not; petals 5, free, generally spreading, twisted (corolla propeller-like) or not; stamens 10, appendaged on inside base or not; ovary superior, chambers (and lobes) 5--10, each with 1--several ovules, placentas axile. Fruit: capsule or splitting into 5--10 nutlets (= mericarps).
Genera In Family: 27 genera, +- 250 species: widespread especially in warm, dry regions; some cultivated (Guaiacum, lignum vitae; Tribulus, caltrop).
eFlora Treatment Author: Duncan M. Porter
Scientific Editor: Thomas J. Rosatti.
Genus: FagoniaView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Perennial herb, shrub. Stem: < 1 m, spreading, angled or ridged. Leaf: palmately compound; stipules stiff, spine-tipped; leaflets 3, spine-tipped, terminal largest. Inflorescence: flowers 1 in axils. Flower: sepals deciduous; petals clawed, twisted, purple to pink, deciduous. Fruit: capsule, deeply 5-lobed, obovoid, loculicidal; style persistent; pedicel reflexed. Seed: 1 per chamber.
Species In Genus: 35 species: southwestern North America, southwestern South America, Canary I. and Cape Verde I. to Afghanistan and India, southwestern Africa. Etymology: (Guy-Crescent Fagon, French botanist, chemist, physician to Louis XIV, 1638--1718)

Fagonia laevis Standl.
Habit: Shrub < 1 m, intricately branched. Leaf: leaflets 3--9 mm, generally < petiole, 1--4 mm wide. Flower: +- 1 cm wide. Fruit: 4--5 mm wide, minutely strigose or hairy, rarely glandular or glabrous; style 1--2 mm, wider at base.
Ecology: Rocky hillsides, sandy washes; Elevation: < 1200 m. Bioregional Distribution: D; Distribution Outside California: to southwestern Utah, northwestern Mexico. Flowering Time: Mar--May, Nov--Jan Note: Further study needed to determine if Fagonia longipes Standl. [Fagonia californica Benth. subsp. longipes (Standl.) Felger & C.H. Lowe] (minute, glandular hairs on fruits) represents a distinct evolutionary lineage.
Synonyms: Fagonia californica Benth. subsp. laevis (Standl.) Wiggins
eFlora Treatment Author: Duncan M. Porter
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Citation for this treatment: Duncan M. Porter 2016. Fagonia laevis, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on May 04, 2016.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora,, accessed on May 04, 2016.

Fagonia laevis
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© 2011 James M. Andre
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© 2009 Barry Breckling
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© 2010 Thomas Stoughton
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© 2012 Keir Morse

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