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Moehringia macrophylla

Higher Taxonomy
Family: CaryophyllaceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key
Common Name: PINK FAMILY
Habit: Annual to perennial herb; rarely dioecious (Silene), taprooted or rhizome generally slender. Leaf: simple, generally opposite (subwhorled), entire, pairs at nodes often +- connected at bases; stipules generally 0; petiole generally 0. Inflorescence: generally cyme, generally open; flowers 1--many; involucre generally 0 (present in Dianthus, Petrorhagia). Flower: generally bisexual, radial; hypanthium often present but obscure; sepals (4)5, +- free or fused into a tube, margins generally scarious, more so on inner 2 or not, tube generally not scarious, awns generally 0; petals (4)5 or 0, generally tapered to base (or with claw long, limb expanded), entire to 2--several-lobed, limb generally without scale-like appendages adaxially, generally without ear-like lobes at base; stamens generally 10, generally fertile, generally free, generally from ovary base; nectaries 0 or 5; ovary superior, generally 1-chambered, placentas basal or free-central, styles 2--5 with 0 branches or 1 with 2--3 branches. Fruit: capsule or utricle (rarely +- dehiscent), generally sessile. Seed: appendage generally 0 (present in Moehringia).
Genera In Family: 83 or 89 genera, 3000 species: widespread, especially arctic, alpine, temperate northern hemisphere; some cultivated (Agrostemma, Arenaria, Cerastium, Dianthus, Gypsophila, Lychnis, Sagina, Saponaria, Silene, Vaccaria). Note: Apetalous Caryophyllaceae can also be keyed in Rabeler & Hartman 2005 FNANM 5:5--8.
eFlora Treatment Author: Ronald L. Hartman & Richard K. Rabeler, except as noted
Scientific Editor: Thomas J. Rosatti.
Genus: MoehringiaView Description 

Habit: Perennial herb, ascending to erect, rhizomed. Leaf: not congested at base of flowering stems; petiole short or 0; blade +- lanceolate or elliptic, acute; vein 1. Inflorescence: terminal or axillary; flowers 1--5; pedicels 2--25+ mm. Flower: hypanthium short, obscure; sepals 5, +- free, 2.8--6 mm, +- ovate, minutely ciliate; petals 5, 2--8 mm, entire; stamens on disk; styles 3, 1.5--1.8 mm. Fruit: capsule, widely ovoid; valves 6, +- recurved. Seed: few, red-brown to +- black; appendage +- 0.7 mm, +- elliptic, spongy.
Species In Genus: 25 species: northern temperate. Etymology: (P.H.G. Moehring, Danzig naturalist, 1710--1791)
Reference: Rabeler & Hartman 2005 FNANM 5:70--72
Moehringia macrophylla (Hook.) Fenzl
Stem: simple to branched, 2--18 mm, +- angled or grooved; hairs minute, peg-like; rhizome slender, branched. Leaf: 1.5--5 cm, +- evenly spaced, +- thin; margin smooth to minutely granular, generally ciliate in basal 1/2. Inflorescence: bracts 1--4 mm, margin widely scarious, minutely ciliate; pedicels ascending to erect, +- spreading in fruit or not. Flower: sepals acute to acuminate, margin scarious, midrib +- keeled; petals +- round. Fruit: black. Seed: 1.5--2.2 mm, widely elliptic; tubercles minute, low, rounded. Chromosomes: 2n=48.
Ecology: Moist, shaded slopes, rocky ridges, summits, pine, oak forests, serpentine; Elevation: 300--1800 m. Bioregional Distribution: NW, n&s SNH, SnFrB, SCoRO, PR; Distribution Outside California: to British Columbia, Montana, Colorado, New Mexico, also +- northern Canada, northeastern North America; Asia. Flowering Time: Late spring--summer
Synonyms: Arenaria macrophylla Hook.
Jepson eFlora Author: Ronald L. Hartman & Richard K. Rabeler
Reference: Rabeler & Hartman 2005 FNANM 5:70--72
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Citation for this treatment: Ronald L. Hartman & Richard K. Rabeler 2012, Moehringia macrophylla, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on August 25, 2019.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2019, Jepson eFlora,, accessed on August 25, 2019.

Moehringia macrophylla
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Geographic subdivisions for Moehringia macrophylla:
NW, n&s SNH, SnFrB, SCoRO, PR
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