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Fendlerella utahensis

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Family: HydrangeaceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Perennial herb to small tree or vine. Stem: < 3 m, generally erect; bark generally peeling as thin sheets or narrow strips. Leaf: generally simple, opposite, deciduous or not, +- hairy; stipules 0; blade +- round to narrowly elliptic, entire or toothed. Inflorescence: cyme, raceme, panicle, or flower 1, terminal or axillary, generally bracted. Flower: bisexual, radial, flowers on inflorescence margins occasionally sterile and enlarged; sepals 4--10, free or fused at base, spreading or erect; petals 4--7, free, +- round to narrowly elliptic; stamens 8--12 in 2 whorls or many and clustered, filament base linear or wide and flat; pistil 1, ovary superior to inferior, chambers 2--8, ovules 1--2 or many per chamber, placentas axile or parietal, styles 1--8, free or fused at base. Fruit: capsule, loculicidal or septicidal; styles persistent or not. Seed: generally many, small to minute, oblong to fusiform, winged or not.
Genera In Family: 18 genera, +- 250 species: generally temperate, subtropical northern hemisphere; some cultivated for ornamental (Carpenteria, Hydrangea, Philadelphus). Note: Philadelphaceae in TJM (1993).
eFlora Treatment Author: Robert E. Preston & Charles F. Quibell
Scientific Editor: Douglas H. Goldman, Bruce G. Baldwin.
Genus: FendlerellaView Description 

Habit: Shrub < 8 dm. Stem: bark +- white, peeling as thin sheets or strips; twigs strigose. Leaf: deciduous, leathery, +- sessile. Inflorescence: cymes clustered, terminal, dense to open; flowers (1)3--11. Flower: odorless; sepals 5; petals 5, white; stamens 10, alternating long and short, filament base wide, flat; ovary 1/2 inferior, chambers 3, placentas axile, ovule 1 per chamber, styles 3, persistent, spreading in fruit, stigma terminal. Fruit: +- cylindric, septicidal. Seed: fusiform, red-brown.
Species In Genus: 3 species: southwestern United States, northern Mexico. Etymology: (Latin: small Fendlera)

Fendlerella utahensis (S. Watson) A. Heller
Leaf: blade 8--16 mm, 3--6 mm wide, ovate to elliptic, strigose, 3-veined from base, margin entire, +- rolled under. Inflorescence: 12--18 mm, short-peduncled. Flower: sepals +- 1.5 mm, lance-linear, sparsely strigose; petals 3--4 mm, oblong-obovate. Fruit: +- 4 mm. Seed: +- 2 mm.
Ecology: Limestone soils, cliffs, rock crevices, slopes, pinyon/juniper woodland; Elevation: 1300--2800 m. Bioregional Distribution: W&I (Inyo Mtns), DMtns; Distribution Outside California: to Colorado, northern Mexico. Flowering Time: May--Aug
eFlora Treatment Author: Robert E. Preston & Charles F. Quibell
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Citation for this treatment: Robert E. Preston & Charles F. Quibell 2016. Fendlerella utahensis, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on May 01, 2016.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora,, accessed on May 01, 2016.

Fendlerella utahensis
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Fendlerella utahensis
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Fendlerella utahensis
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Fendlerella utahensis
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Fendlerella utahensis
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Geographic subdivisions for Fendlerella utahensis:
W&I (Inyo Mtns), DMtns;
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