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Krameria erecta

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Family: KrameriaceaeView Description 

Habit: Shrub [perennial herb], green root-parasite. Stem: prostrate to erect, much-branched. Leaf: generally simple [1-ternate], alternate, crowded on short-shoots or not, sessile [petioled]; stipules 0; blade linear to ovate, hairy, glandular or not, tip abruptly pointed. Inflorescence: flowers 1 in axils [terminal racemes]; pedicel jointed, bractlets 2. Flower: bisexual, bilateral; sepals 4--5, free, petal-like, magenta, red-purple [yellow]; petals generally 5, 3 upper linear to clawed, free or fused basally, held in +- upright flag, 2 lower modified as glands; stamens generally 4, fused to flag base, upcurved, anthers opening by pores; ovary superior, hairy, style slender, upcurved. Fruit: nut-like, with smooth or barbed prickles; seed 1.
Genera In Family: 1 genus, 18 species: America, arid semitropics, tropics. Note: Pollinating bees collect oils secreted by glandular petals.
eFlora Treatment Author: Beryl B. Simpson
Scientific Editor: Thomas J. Rosatti.
Genus: KrameriaView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Common Name: RHATANY

Etymology: (Johann Georg Heinrich Kramer, 1684--1744, Austrian Army physician, botanist)

Krameria erecta Schult.
Habit: Plant +- strigose to canescent or +- silky-hairy. Stem: < 2 m; branches often ascending, tips not thorn-like. Leaf: +- linear to lance-linear. Flower: buds ovate, +- curved; sepals magenta; flag petals +- yellow to green at base, triangular, green and magenta, with +- purple marks above or not; glandular petals magenta with unequal glandular blisters on distal edge abaxially. Fruit: cordate, +- flat.
Ecology: Dry, rocky ridges, slopes; Elevation: < 1200 m. Bioregional Distribution: e PR (Santa Rosa Mtns), D; Distribution Outside California: to Nevada, Texas, northern Mexico. Flowering Time: Mar--May
Synonyms: Krameria glandulosa Rose & Painter; Krameria parvifolia Benth.; Krameria parvifolia var. imparata J.F. Macbr.
eFlora Treatment Author: Beryl B. Simpson
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Citation for this treatment: Beryl B. Simpson 2016. Krameria erecta, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on April 29, 2016.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora,, accessed on April 29, 2016.

Krameria erecta
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Krameria erecta
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Krameria erecta
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© 2010 Neal Kramer
Krameria erecta
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© 2011 Neal Kramer
Krameria erecta
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Krameria erecta
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© 2004 Aaron Schusteff

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Geographic subdivisions for Krameria erecta:
e PR (Santa Rosa Mtns), D;
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