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Frankenia pulverulenta
EUROPEAN SEA HEATH

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Family: FrankeniaceaeView Description 

Common Name: FRANKENIA FAMILY

Genera In Family: 1 genus.
eFlora Treatment Author: Carrie Kiel & R. John Little
Scientific Editor: Bruce G. Baldwin.
Genus: FrankeniaView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Common Name: FRANKENIA
Habit: (Annual) [perennial herb] to shrub, generally with rhizome; glands salt-secreting. Stem: prostrate to erect, nodes swollen, generally rooting. Leaf: opposite, 4-ranked, united by a single sheath, +- clustered, simple, 1--15 mm, salt-encrusted, generally persistent; blade obovate to oblong-oblanceolate or elliptic, generally leathery or fleshy, glabrous to hairy, margin entire, rolled under; stipules 0. Inflorescence: generally cyme, axillary. Flower: generally bisexual, radial; calyx persistent, sepals 4--7, fused, ribbed; petals 4--7, free, white to pink or blue-purple, overlapping, clawed, with adaxial scale-like appendage near base; stamens 3--12(25), 2-whorled, outer whorl shorter; ovary superior, chambers 1--4, styles 1--4, exserted, ovules 1--many. Fruit: loculicidal capsule within persistent calyx. Seed: 1--many, ivory to gold-brown.
Species In Genus: 90 species: especially coastal and semi-arid regions; soils high in salt, gypsum, or calcium. Etymology: (Johann Frankenius, colleague of Linnaeus)

Frankenia pulverulenta L.
WAIF
Habit: Annual, 15(30) cm diam, taprooted. Stem: decumbent to ascending, branched at base, 1--8 cm, with curved white hairs. Leaf: blade 1--6 mm, 1--3 mm wide, +- rolled under, abaxially sparsely hairy. Inflorescence: 1, axillary. Flower: calyx tube 2--4 mm; petals 4--5 mm, pink to purple; stamens generally 6, +- 3 mm; styles (2)3. Fruit: 2--2.5 mm. Seed: many, oblong-ellipsoid.
Ecology: High-salinity marshes and intermittently flooded areas; Elevation: < 20 m. Bioregional Distribution: SCo; Distribution Outside California: Oregon, Utah; Africa, southwestern Asia, native to Europe. Flowering Time: Apr--Sep Note: 1 record from Ballona Marsh, Los Angeles Co., 2009.
eFlora Treatment Author: Carrie Kiel & R. John Little
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Citation for this treatment: Carrie Kiel & R. John Little 2016. Frankenia pulverulenta, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=26049, accessed on February 13, 2016.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on February 13, 2016.


Frankenia pulverulenta
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Frankenia pulverulenta
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Frankenia pulverulenta
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Geographic subdivisions for Frankenia pulverulenta:
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