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Legenere limosa

Higher Taxonomy
Family: CampanulaceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key
Habit: Annual to perennial herb [tree]. Leaf: generally cauline, generally simple, generally alternate, petioled or not; stipules 0. Inflorescence: cyme, panicle, raceme, spike, or flowers 1; terminal or in axils of leaf-like or reduced bracts. Flower: bisexual, cleistogamous or open, radial or bilateral, inverted (pedicel twisted 180°) or not; hypanthium generally present, +- fused to ovary; sepals generally 5; corolla radial to 2-lipped, petals generally fused, tube deeply divided on 1 side or not, lobes generally 5; stamens 5, free or +- fused (anthers, filaments fused into tube or filaments fused above middle); ovary inferior or 1/2 inferior (superior in fruit), chambers 1--3, placentas axile or parietal, ovules many, style generally 1, 2--5-branched. Fruit: generally capsule, open on sides or top by pores or short valves. Seed: many.
Genera In Family: +- 90 genera, +- 2500 species: worldwide. Note: Some cultivated for ornamental (Campanula, Jasione, Lobelia). Subfamilies sometimes treated as families. Positions of flower parts given after flowering inversion, if any. Parishella moved to Nemacladus.
eFlora Treatment Author: Nancy R. Morin, except as noted
Scientific Editor: Thomas J. Rosatti.
Genus: LegenereView Description 

Species In Genus: 1 sp. Etymology: (Anagram of E.L. Greene, American botanist, 1843--1915)
Legenere limosa (Greene) McVaugh
Habit: Annual, emergent or terrestrial, glabrous. Stem: reclining, 10--30 cm; lateral branches erect, slender, stiff, fleshy or not. Leaf: cauline, narrowly triangular, entire, sessile, early-deciduous. Inflorescence: raceme, terminal; axis +- zigzag; bract 1 per flower, 6--12 mm, ovate, leaf-like, spreading; pedicels 6--20 mm in fruit. Flower: not inverted; sepals 1/6--1/4 ovary, triangular; corolla white, 0 in lower flowers or not, tube +- 1.5 mm, cylindric, split abaxially +- to base, 2-lipped, 2 abaxial lobes +- 2 mm, narrow, erect, 3 adaxial lobes +- 2 mm, obovate; stamens fused into tube, anthers 0.5--1 mm, free in age or not, 2 shorter minutely appendaged; ovary inferior, +- 3.5 mm, narrowly obconic, stigma head-like, smooth. Fruit: 6--10 mm, 1--2 mm diam, +- > hypanthium, cylindric, top rounded, chamber 1; open at top. Seed: 1 mm, elliptic, shiny, chestnut-brown.
Ecology: Wet areas, vernal pools, ponds; Elevation: < 950 m. Bioregional Distribution: s NCoR, s ScV, n SnJV, SnFrB (Santa Cruz Mtns, Mount Hamilton Range). Flowering Time: May--Jun
Synonyms: Howellia limosa Greene
Jepson eFlora Author: Nancy R. Morin
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Citation for this treatment: Nancy R. Morin 2012, Legenere limosa, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on April 19, 2019.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2019, Jepson eFlora,, accessed on April 19, 2019.

Legenere limosa
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Geographic subdivisions for Legenere limosa:
s NCoR, s ScV, n SnJV, SnFrB (Santa Cruz Mtns, Mount Hamilton Range).
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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