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Floerkea proserpinacoides

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Family: LimnanthaceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Common Name: MEADOWFOAM FAMILY
Habit: Annual, glabrous to hairy. Stem: generally branched. Leaf: alternate, deeply pinnately lobed to 1--2-compound; stipules 0. Inflorescence: flowers solitary in axils, pedicelled. Flower: generally bisexual, radial; sepals 3--5, free; petals 3--5, free, white to pink or yellow; stamens 3, 8, or 10, free, generally in 2 whorls; nectary glands at bases of outer stamens; pistil 1, ovary deeply 2--5-lobed, style 1, from base of ovary. Fruit: mericarps 1--5, 1-seeded, ovoid to spheric, generally tubercled. Chromosomes: 2n=10.
Genera In Family: 2 genera, 10 species: temperate North America.
eFlora Treatment Author: Robert Ornduff & Nancy R. Morin
Scientific Editor: Douglas H. Goldman, Bruce G. Baldwin.
Genus: FloerkeaView Description 

Common Name: FALSE MERMAID

Species In Genus: 1 sp.: North America. Etymology: (H.G. Floerke, German botanist, 1764--1835)

Floerkea proserpinacoides Willd.
NATIVE
Habit: Annual, decumbent to erect, fleshy, glabrous. Stem: < 20 cm. Leaf: 1-ternate or 1-odd-pinnate, <= 6 cm; leaflets 3--5, <= 2 cm, +- oblong. Flower: sepals generally 3, 2--4 mm; petals generally 3, spoon-shaped, white, tips +- entire; stamens 3--6; ovary lobes 2--3. Fruit: mericarps 2--3, 2--3.5 mm, +- spheric, wrinkled or tubercled above.
Ecology: Moist open places in conifer forest or sagebrush scrub; Elevation: 1500--3200 m. Bioregional Distribution: KR, NCoRH, CaRH, SNH, MP; Distribution Outside California: to British Columbia, eastern North America. Flowering Time: May--Jul
eFlora Treatment Author: Robert Ornduff & Nancy R. Morin
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Citation for this treatment: Robert Ornduff & Nancy R. Morin 2016. Floerkea proserpinacoides, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=25965, accessed on February 07, 2016.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on February 07, 2016.


Floerkea proserpinacoides
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Floerkea proserpinacoides
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Floerkea proserpinacoides
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© 2011 Aaron Schusteff
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© 2007 Keir Morse

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Geographic subdivisions for Floerkea proserpinacoides:
KR, NCoRH, CaRH, SNH, MP;
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