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Hypericum canariense

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Family: HypericaceaeView Description 

Habit: Annual to shrub [tree]. Leaf: cauline, simple, opposite or whorled, often gland-dotted; stipules 0. Inflorescence: cyme, panicle, or flower 1, terminal or axillary. Flower: bisexual, radial; sepals persistent, generally 5, often fused at base, overlapping; petals generally 5, free; stamens generally many, free or +- fused into 3--5 clusters; pistil 1, ovary superior, chambers 1--3[5], placentas generally axile, style branches 3. Fruit: capsule, generally septicidal. Seed: many, small.
Genera In Family: 37 genera, 1610 species: worldwide, largely tropics. Note: Sometimes included in Clusiaceae.
eFlora Treatment Author: Robert E. Preston & Jennifer Talbot
Scientific Editor: Douglas H. Goldman, Bruce G. Baldwin.
Genus: HypericumView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Annual to shrub, glabrous. Leaf: sessile Inflorescence: generally terminal cymes, bracted. Flower: sepals [4]5; petals [4]5, deciduous or persistent, generally +- yellow; anthers occasionally black-dotted; ovary chambers 1 or 3(5), placentas 3(5), axile or parietal, projecting into chamber.
Species In Genus: +- 450 species: worldwide. Etymology: (Greek name)

Hypericum canariense L.
Habit: Evergreen shrub, generally 2--5 m. Stem: erect or ascending. Leaf: 2--7 cm, narrowly lance-oblong, densely glandular; base tapered. Inflorescence: flowers in upper stem nodes, <= 30 per stem. Flower: sepals 3--4.5 mm, lanceolate and tip acute to ovate and tip rounded, margin minutely toothed; petals 12--17 mm, oblanceolate, bright yellow; stamens 8--10 per cluster; styles 3--6 mm. Fruit: 10--12 mm, ovoid, style base persistent. Seed: 1.5--2 mm, yellow-brown.
Ecology: Disturbed areas; Elevation: < 230 m. Bioregional Distribution: CCo, SCo; Distribution Outside California: native to Canary Islands. Flowering Time: May--Jun Note: Ornamental, escaping from cultivation.
eFlora Treatment Author: Robert E. Preston & Jennifer Talbot
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Citation for this treatment: Robert E. Preston & Jennifer Talbot 2017. Hypericum canariense, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on May 25, 2017.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2017. Jepson eFlora,, accessed on May 25, 2017.

Geographic subdivisions for Hypericum canariense:
CCo, SCo;
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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Blue line denotes eFlora flowering time.