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Mohavea breviflora

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Family: PlantaginaceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Annual to shrub, some aquatic. Leaf: basal or cauline, alternate or opposite (whorled), simple, entire to dentate or lobed, venation generally pinnate; stipules 0. Inflorescence: raceme, spike, or flowers axillary in 1--few-flowered clusters; flowers few to many, each subtended by 1 bract. Flower: unisexual or bisexual, radial or bilateral; sepals 4--5, generally fused at base; corolla 4--5-lobed, scarious or not, persistent or not, generally 2-lipped, upper lip generally 2-lobed, lower generally 3-lobed, spur present or not, tube sac-like at base or not; stamens 2 or 4, alternate corolla lobes, epipetalous, staminode 0 or 1--2, anthers opening by 2 slits; ovary superior, [1]2--4-chambered, style 1, stigma lobes 0 or 2. Fruit: generally a capsule, septicidal, loculicidal, circumscissile, or dehiscing by terminal slits or pores.
Genera In Family: 110 genera, +- 2000 species: worldwide, especially temperate. Note: Veronicaceae sensu Olmstead et al. Recently treated to include Callitrichaceae, Hippuridaceae, and most non-parasitic California genera of Scrophulariaceae (except Buddleja, Limosella, Mimulus, Myoporum, Scrophularia, Verbascum). California Maurandya moved to Holmgrenanthe and Maurandella. Limnophila ×ludoviciana Thieret an occasional agricultural weed in rice fields. Hebe ×franciscana (Eastw.) Souster, Hebe speciosa (R. Cunn.) Andersen only cultivated.
eFlora Treatment Author: Margriet Wetherwax, except as noted
Scientific Editor: Robert Patterson, Bruce G. Baldwin.
Genus: MohaveaView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Annual, hairy. Stem: erect; branches 0 or few. Leaf: proximal generally opposite, distal alternate; lanceolate, entire; veins pinnate. Inflorescence: crowded; flowers 1 in axils. Flower: calyx lobes 5, +- equal; corolla base sac-like, lips flaring, +- fan-shaped, lower lip base swollen, closing throat; stamens 2, included, anther sacs 1 per stamen, staminodes 2. Fruit: obliquely ovoid, fragile; chambers dehiscent by 1--2 large pores near tip. Seed: ovate, flat, smooth; wing incurved, +- cup-shaped.
Species In Genus: 2 species: southwestern United States, northern Mexico. Etymology: (Mojave River, where first collected by John Frémont) Note: Best included in Antirrhinum (name in Antirrhinum unavailable for Mohavea breviflora).
eFlora Treatment Author: Margriet Wetherwax & David M. Thompson

Mohavea breviflora Coville
Habit: Plant 5--20 cm. Inflorescence: pedicel 2--5 mm. Flower: lower corolla lip maroon-spotted only on swollen base, lobed to within 2--3 mm of swollen base. Fruit: 8--10 mm. Chromosomes: n=15.
Ecology: Gravelly desert slopes, washes; Elevation: < 1850 m. Bioregional Distribution: DMoj; Distribution Outside California: southern Nevada, northwestern Arizona. Flowering Time: Mar--Apr
eFlora Treatment Author: Margriet Wetherwax & David M. Thompson
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Citation for this treatment: Margriet Wetherwax & David M. Thompson 2016. Mohavea breviflora, 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.

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