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Jepsonia heterandra

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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: JepsoniaView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Caudex corm-like, flattened or ovoid to spheric, branched or not, without scales or bulblets. Leaf: generally 1--3, basal; blade +- round, base cordate to reniform, lobes and teeth shallow. Inflorescence: cyme, appearing before leaves, glandular; bracts scale-like. Flower: hypanthium free of ovary, generally truncate at base; petals 5, short-clawed; stamens 10; pistil 1, ovary superior, chambers 2, placentas 2, axile. Fruit: capsule.
Species In Genus: 3 species: California. Etymology: (W.L. Jepson, California botanist, 1867--1946) Note: Heterostylous.
Reference: Ornduff 1969 Brittonia 21:286--298

Jepsonia heterandra Eastw.
Habit: Caudex generally flattened, branched. Leaf: generally 2--3. Inflorescence: flowers generally 4--17; peduncle 5--23 cm, red-pink, often drying tan. Flower: hypanthium 1.5--3 mm, generally > calyx lobes, truncate to tapered at base; calyx lobes 1.3--2 mm, pink; petals generally 3.5--6 mm, persistent, withering, veins deep pink. Fruit: generally +- green or rose, +- red-striped. Seed: pale brown. Chromosomes: 2n=14.
Ecology: Crevices, especially in slate-like rock; dry, rocky slopes; Elevation: < 700 m. Bioregional Distribution: n&c SNF (El Dorado to Mariposa cos.), n SnJV (ne Stanislaus Co.). Flowering Time: Aug--Jan
Synonyms: Jepsonia parryi (Torr.) Small var. heterandra (Eastw.) Jeps.;
eFlora Treatment Author: Michael S. Park & Patrick E. Elvander
Reference: Ornduff 1969 Brittonia 21:286--298
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Citation for this treatment: Michael S. Park & Patrick E. Elvander 2012, Jepsonia heterandra, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on September 23, 2018.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2018, Jepson eFlora,, accessed on September 23, 2018.

Jepsonia heterandra
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© 2011 Barry Breckling
Jepsonia heterandra
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Jepsonia heterandra
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Geographic subdivisions for Jepsonia heterandra:
n&c SNF (El Dorado to Mariposa cos.), n SnJV (ne Stanislaus Co.).
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