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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 December 03, 2016.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on December 03, 2016.


Floerkea proserpinacoides
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© 2012 Gary A. Monroe
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Geographic subdivisions for Floerkea proserpinacoides:
KR, NCoRH, CaRH, SNH, MP;
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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