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Hemieva ranunculifolia

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Family: SaxifragaceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Perennial herb from caudex or rhizome, generally +- hairy. Stem: often +- leafy on proximal 1/2, rarely trailing and leafy throughout. Leaf: generally simple, basal and/or cauline, generally alternate, generally petioled; veins +- palmate. Inflorescence: raceme or panicle, generally +- scapose. Flower: generally bisexual, generally radial; hypanthium free to +- fused to ovary; calyx lobes generally 5; petals generally 5, free, generally clawed, generally white; stamens 3, [4], 5, 8, or 10; pistils 1 (carpels +- fused, ovary lobed, chambers 1 or 2, placentas generally 2(3), axile or parietal or occasionally proximally axile and distally marginal in ovary lobes) or 2 (carpels free, placentas marginal), ovary nearly superior to inferior, occasionally more superior in fruit, styles generally 2(3). Fruit: capsule (generally 2(3)-beaked, valves generally 2(3), generally equal) or 2 follicles. Seed: generally many, small.
Genera In Family: +- 30 genera, 600 species: especially northern temperate, arctic, alpine; some cultivated (Bergenia, Darmera, Heuchera, Saxifraga, Tellima, Tolmiea). Note: California Mitella moved to Mitellastra, Ozomelis, Pectiantia; Suksdorfia ranunculifolia to Hemieva. Parnassia moved to Parnassiaceae.
eFlora Treatment Author: Michael S. Park & Patrick E. Elvander, except as noted
Scientific Editor: Bruce G. Baldwin.
Genus: HemievaView Description 

Species In Genus: 1 sp. Etymology: (Greek: 1/2 of well, from hypanthium) Note: Close to Bolandra and Suksdorfia.
eFlora Treatment Author: Michael S. Park

Hemieva ranunculifolia (Hook.) Raf.
Habit: Plant 1--3 dm; caudex scaleless, bearing bulblets. Leaf: basal and cauline, basal and proximal petioled, petioles 5--10 cm, distal sessile, reduced; stipules membranous, entire, +- sheathing; blade 1--4 cm wide, ovate, base cordate to reniform, +- glabrous, 1° lobes 3, deep, teeth coarse, round, tips sharp. Inflorescence: cyme, +- flat-topped, < 15-flowered, glandular; flowers generally crowded, pedicels generally < 3 mm; bracts sessile, linear. Flower: hypanthium partly fused to ovary; calyx lobes 1--3 mm, ovate to triangular; petals 2--4 mm, +- white, elliptic to obovate, short-clawed; stamens 5, opposite calyx lobes; pistils 2, ovary > 1/2-inferior, placentas marginal. Fruit: 2 follicles.
Ecology: Moist rocky slopes; Elevation: 1500--2500 m. Bioregional Distribution: KR, n SNH/CaRH (Plumas Co.); Distribution Outside California: to British Columbia, Alberta, Montana. Flowering Time: Jun--Aug
Synonyms: Suksdorfia ranunculifolia (Hook.) Engl.
eFlora Treatment Author: Michael S. Park
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Citation for this treatment: Michael S. Park 2017. Hemieva ranunculifolia, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on July 27, 2017.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2017. Jepson eFlora,, accessed on July 27, 2017.

Geographic subdivisions for Hemieva ranunculifolia:
KR, n SNH/CaRH (Plumas Co.);
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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