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Navarretia intertexta

Higher Taxonomy
Family: PolemoniaceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Annual, perennial herb, shrub, vine. Leaf: simple or compound, cauline (or most basal), alternate or opposite; stipules 0. Inflorescence: cymes, heads, clusters, or flower 1; bracts in involucres or not. Flower: sepals generally 5, fused at base, translucent membrane generally connecting lobes, torn by fruit; corolla generally 5-lobed, radial or bilateral, salverform to bell-shaped, throat often well defined; stamens generally 5, epipetalous, attached at >= 1 level, filaments of >= 1 length, pollen white, yellow, blue, or red; ovary superior, chambers generally 3, style 1, stigmas generally 3. Fruit: capsule. Seed: 1--many, when wetted swelling or not, gelatinous or not.
Genera In Family: 26 genera, 314 species: America, northern Europe, northern Asia; some cultivated (Cantua, Cobaea (cup-and-saucer vine), Collomia, Gilia, Ipomopsis, Linanthus, Phlox). Note: Leptodactylon moved to Linanthus.
eFlora Treatment Author: Robert Patterson, family description, key to genera
Scientific Editor: Robert Patterson, Thomas J. Rosatti.
Genus: NavarretiaView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Annual, generally prickly. Stem: prostrate to generally erect; branches ascending or spreading; glabrous to generally hairy, often glandular. Leaf: simple, alternate (lowermost opposite), entire to generally deeply pinnate-lobed. Inflorescence: generally head-like, bracts pinnate- to palmate-toothed or -lobed, spine-tipped (flower 1--2, pedicels elongate, bracts entire, not spine-tipped). Flower: calyx lobes 4--5, equal, entire or toothed, or unequal, spine-tipped; corolla lobes 4--5; stigmas 2 or 3. Fruit: generally ovoid, chambers 1--3; dehiscing when wetted, seeds adherent to fruit and each other, or generally dehiscing at maturity, seeds free. Seed: 1--many per fruit, brown, gelatinous when wet. Chromosomes: 2n=18.
Species In Genus: +- 40 species: western North America, Argentina, Chile. Etymology: (F.F. Navarrete, Spanish physician, ?--1742) Note: Revised taxonomy, too late for full treatment in TJM2, includes Navarretia linearifolia (Howell) L.A. Johnson subsp. linearifolia, a +- cryptic segregate of Navarretia sinistra, and Navarretia linearifolia subsp. pinnatisecta (H. Mason & A.D. Grant) L.A. Johnson [Navarretia sinistra subsp. pinnatisecta] (Johnson & Cairns-Heath 2010 Syst Bot 35:618--628); Navarretia paradoxinota and Navarretia paradoxiclara, both new to science, and Navarretia propinqua [Navarretia intertexta subsp. propinqua] (Johnson et al. 2013 Phytotaxa 91:27--38). Relative positions of flower parts are as pressed, unless stated otherwise.
eFlora Treatment Author: Leigh A. Johnson

Navarretia intertexta (Benth.) Hook.
Habit: Plant erect, narrower than to as wide as tall, 1° axes 1--several. Stem: 8--28 cm, branches ascending; white-hairy, hairs generally reflexed. Leaf: 1--2-pinnate-lobed, glabrous or white-hairy near base; axis, lobes needle-like, lobes at leaf tip spreading. Inflorescence: bracts, calyces white-hairy about middle; bracts 10--20 mm, generally exceeding flowers by 1.5--2 ×, bracts pinnate-lobed, lobes needle-like, lower forked, 3 at tip spreading; inner bracts clasping, base expanded-concave, narrowly membrane-margined. Flower: calyx membranes V-shaped, hairy at middle, lobes entire or 1--2 lobes 3-pronged; corolla 6--8(13) mm, white, lobes ovate, white to light blue, 1 vein entering base; stamens, style exserted, filaments 2--3.5 mm, anthers exceeding corolla lobes, stigmas 2. Fruit: chambers 1--2; translucent below middle, dehiscing when wetted. Seed: dark brown, pitted.
Ecology: Open, seasonally wet areas, meadows, vernal pools; Elevation: < 2100 m. Bioregional Distribution: KR, NCoR, CaR, SNF, GV, SnFrB, SCoR, SW, MP; Distribution Outside California: to British Columbia, Idaho, Nevada, Baja California. Flowering Time: May--Jul
Synonyms: Navarretia intertexta (Benth.) Hook. subsp. intertexta
eFlora Treatment Author: Leigh A. Johnson
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Citation for this treatment: Leigh A. Johnson 2016. Navarretia intertexta, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on April 28, 2016.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora,, accessed on April 28, 2016.

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Navarretia intertexta subsp. intertexta
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Navarretia intertexta subsp. propinqua
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Geographic subdivisions for Navarretia intertexta:
KR, NCoR, CaR, SNF, GV, SnFrB, SCoR, SW, MP;
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