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|Family: Lamiaceae (Labiatae)||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
|Genus: Monardella||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
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Monardella nana A. Gray
Habit: Subshrub, matted or tufted, rhizomed. Stem: 5--30 cm; hairs 0.5--2 mm, variable, recurved or spreading. Leaf: 5--30 mm (petiole 3--10 mm), 4--20 mm wide, narrowly ovate to round, entire, green to ash-gray, glabrous to appressed- or spreading-hairy, base +- truncate to strongly wedge-shaped (tapered). Inflorescence: flower cluster 10--35 mm wide; bracts 15--20 mm, generally ciliate; outer bracts like leaves or not; middle bracts white, generally rose- or purple-tinged. Flower: calyx (10)12--15 mm, 2--3 mm diam, hairs sparse to dense, generally > 1 mm, wavy, lobes 2.5--3.5 mm; corolla 15--30 mm, 6--15 mm diam, white to cream-yellow, occasionally rose-tinged, tube 15--25 mm, 0.5--2 mm diam at tip, cylindrical, short-hairy, lobes 4--10 mm, oblong; stamens slightly exserted, anthers < 1 mm.
Ecology: Montane chaparral, woodland, forest, dry desert-like slopes; Elevation: 800--2600 m. Bioregional Distribution: PR; Distribution Outside California: Baja California. Flowering Time: May--Aug Note: Previously named infraspecific taxa intergrade extensively; more study needed.
Synonyms: Monardella nana subsp. arida (H.M. Hall) Abrams; Monardella nana subsp. leptosiphon (Torr.) Abrams; Monardella nana subsp. tenuiflora (A. Gray) Abrams; Monardella macrantha var. pinetorum H.M. Hall
Unabridged Note: Extensive variation throughout range. Variable along elevational and environmental gradients from desert edge into conifer forest. Identification of most specimens to previously recognized infraspecific taxa is generally problematic. If infraspecific taxa in this complex warrant recognition, then current circumscriptions need revision.
eFlora Treatment Author: Andrew C. Sanders, Mark A. Elvin & Mark S. Brunell
Jepson Online Interchange
Previous taxon: Monardella mojavensis
Next taxon: Monardella odoratissima
Citation for this treatment: Andrew C. Sanders, Mark A. Elvin & Mark S. Brunell 2016. Monardella nana, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=33940, accessed on August 25, 2016.
Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on August 25, 2016.