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Horkelia sericata
SILKY HORKELIA

Higher Taxonomy
Family: RosaceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Common Name: ROSE FAMILY
Habit: Annual to tree, glandular or not. Leaf: simple to palmately or pinnately compound, generally alternate; stipules free to fused (0), persistent to deciduous. Inflorescence: cyme, raceme, panicle, cluster, or flowers 1; bractlets on pedicel ("pedicel bractlets") generally 0--3(many), subtended by bract or generally not. Flower: generally bisexual, radial; hypanthium free or fused to ovary, saucer- to funnel-shaped, subtending bractlets ("hypanthium bractlets") 0--5, alternate sepals; sepals generally 5; petals generally 5, free; stamens (0,1)5--many, anther pollen sacs generally 2; pistils (0)1--many, simple or compound, ovary superior to inferior, styles 1--5. Fruit: 1--many per flower, achene (fleshy-coated or not), follicle, drupe, or pome with generally papery core, occasionally drupe-like with 1--5 stones. Seed: generally 1--5 (per fruit, not per flower).
Genera In Family: 110 genera, +- 3000 species: worldwide, especially temperate; many cultivated for ornamental, fruit, especially Cotoneaster, Fragaria, Malus, Prunus, Pyracantha, Rosa, Rubus. Note: Number of teeth is per leaf or leaflet, not per side of leaf or leaflet, except in Drymocallis.
eFlora Treatment Author: Daniel Potter & Barbara Ertter, family description, key to genera; treatment of genera by Daniel Potter, except as noted
Scientific Editor: Daniel Potter, Thomas J. Rosatti.
Genus: HorkeliaView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Perennial herb, generally +- glandular, generally resinous-smelling; caudex generally branched. Stem: generally ascending to erect. Leaf: generally basal, odd-1-pinnately compound, generally +- flat; cauline alternate, reduced upward; leaflets 2--15 per side, uppermost lateral generally +- fused with terminal. Inflorescence: cyme; pedicels generally straight, bractlets 0. Flower: hypanthium cup-like, +- flat-bottomed, width +- 2 × length, bractlets 5, generally 2/3 sepals; sepals often reflexed; petals generally +- = sepal, blunt, white; stamens 10, filaments +- flat, often forming a tube; pistils 2--many, ovary superior, style attached below fruit tip, +- thicker at base. Fruit: achene.
Species In Genus: 20 species: western North America. Etymology: (J. Horkel, German plant physiologist, 1769--1846) Note: Many attractive to bees; data apply to basal leaves, pressed hypanthia.
eFlora Treatment Author: Barbara Ertter

Horkelia sericata S. Watson
NATIVE
Habit: Plant +- tufted, silvery; caudex few-branched; odor indistinct. Stem: 15--40 cm; hairs at base +- 1 mm. Leaf: 3--10 cm, often +- cylindric; stipules entire or forked; leaflets +- 15 per side, crowded, 2--8 mm, generally divided +- 1/2 or more to base, lobes < 5, elliptic, hairs dense. Inflorescence: open; flowers many, +- separate or in few-flowered clusters; pedicels 1--4 mm. Flower: hypanthium 2--3 mm wide, 1--2 × length, bractlets +- 0.5 mm wide, lance-linear; sepals 2.5--4 mm; petals 3--7 mm, narrow-obcordate, often pink-tinged; filaments +- 1 mm, base +- 0.5 mm wide, anthers +- 0.5 mm; pistils 2--6, style +- 1.5 mm. Fruit: 2--2.5 mm. Chromosomes: n=14.
Ecology: Dry, rocky serpentine clay, open chaparral or pine forest; Elevation: 180--1200 m. Bioregional Distribution: nw KR (Del Norte Co.); Distribution Outside California: southwestern Oregon. Flowering Time: Jun--Aug
Synonyms: Potentilla howellii Greene
eFlora Treatment Author: Barbara Ertter
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Citation for this treatment: Barbara Ertter 2016. Horkelia sericata, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=28415, accessed on May 05, 2016.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on May 05, 2016.


Horkelia sericata
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Horkelia sericata
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