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Ipomopsis polycladon

Higher Taxonomy
Family: PolemoniaceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Annual, perennial herb, shrub, vine. Leaf: simple or compound, cauline (or most basal), alternate or opposite; stipules 0. Inflorescence: cymes, heads, clusters, or flower 1; bracts in involucres or not. Flower: sepals generally 5, fused at base, translucent membrane generally connecting lobes, torn by fruit; corolla generally 5-lobed, radial or bilateral, salverform to bell-shaped, throat often well defined; stamens generally 5, epipetalous, attached at >= 1 level, filaments of >= 1 length, pollen white, yellow, blue, or red; ovary superior, chambers generally 3, style 1, stigmas generally 3. Fruit: capsule. Seed: 1--many, when wetted swelling or not, gelatinous or not.
Genera In Family: 26 genera, 314 species: America, northern Europe, northern Asia; some cultivated (Cantua, Cobaea (cup-and-saucer vine), Collomia, Gilia, Ipomopsis, Linanthus, Phlox). Note: Leptodactylon moved to Linanthus.
eFlora Treatment Author: Robert Patterson, family description, key to genera
Scientific Editor: Robert Patterson, Thomas J. Rosatti, Bruce G. Baldwin.
Genus: IpomopsisView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Annual, perennial herb, [+- subshrub]. Stem: generally branched at base. Leaf: alternate, simple, smaller upward, entire to pinnate- or palmate-lobed; lobes generally small-pointed at tip. Inflorescence: clusters, lateral or open to head-like, terminal. Flower: calyx generally bell-shaped, tube, sinuses membranous, glabrous to hairy, lobes generally small-pointed at tip; corolla generally salverform, radial or bilateral, white to red or lavender. Seed: slender, angled, +- winged, white to light brown.
Species In Genus: 30 species: western North America, southeastern United States, southern South America. Etymology: (Greek: like Ipomoea) Note: Perennial herb cross-, annual generally self-pollinated. Ipomopsis depressa moved to Loeseliastrum.
eFlora Treatment Author: Dieter H. Wilken

Ipomopsis polycladon (Torr.) V.E. Grant
Habit: Annual. Stem: decumbent to prostrate, < 1 dm, glandular-puberulent. Leaf: < 2 cm, entire to toothed or pinnate-5--7-lobed; basal, cauline crowded below inflorescence, terminal lobe, axis equal in width, glabrous adaxially, puberulent abaxially. Inflorescence: head-like, terminal. Flower: corolla radial, 3--6 mm, generally white, lobes < 2 mm; stamens attached at 1 level, generally included, filaments = anthers; style included. Fruit: < 5 mm, ellipsoid. Chromosomes: 2n=14.
Ecology: Sandy, gravelly soils; Elevation: 750--2150 m. Bioregional Distribution: GB, DMoj; Distribution Outside California: to Texas, northern Mexico. Flowering Time: Mar--Jul
eFlora Treatment Author: Dieter H. Wilken
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Citation for this treatment: Dieter H. Wilken 2016. Ipomopsis polycladon, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on February 14, 2016.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora,, accessed on February 14, 2016.

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Geographic subdivisions for Ipomopsis polycladon:
GB, DMoj;
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Duplicates counted once; synonyms included.
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