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Notholaena californica

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Family: PteridaceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Perennial herb, in soil or on or among rocks; rhizome creeping to erect, scaly. Leaf: generally all +- alike (or of 2 kinds, fertile, sterile), generally < 50 cm, often < 25 cm; stipe generally thin, wiry, often dark, ×-section with vascular strands generally 1--3, less often many in circle; blade generally pinnate or +- palmate-pinnate (see Adiantum), often >= 2-compound, abaxially often with glands, +- powdery exudate, hairs, or scales; segments round, oblong, fan-shaped, or other, veins generally free. Sporangia: in sori or not, marginal, submarginal, or along veins, covered by recurved, often modified segment margins (false indusia) or not; true indusia 0; spores spheric, sides flat or not, scar with 3 radiating branches.
Genera In Family: +- 40 genera, 500 species: worldwide, especially dry areas. Note: CA members of Cheilanthes moved to the distantly related Myriopteris; Pellaea breweri to be moved as well, from a to-be-redefined Pellaea; traditional, often untenable limits of genera outside CA also being clarified using molecular phylogenetics.
eFlora Treatment Author: Ruth E.B. Kirkpatrick, Alan R. Smith & Thomas Lemieux, except as noted
Scientific Editor: Alan R. Smith, Thomas J. Rosatti.
Genus: NotholaenaView Description 

Habit: Plant in soil or granite rock crevices; rhizome short-creeping to +- erect, scales lance-linear. Leaf: stipe generally cylindric, dark brown to black, glabrous to +- scaly; blade 2--4-pinnate, segments generally sessile, +- narrower at base or not. Sporangia: in +- continuous, marginal bands; segment margin recurved, partly covering sporangia, unmodified; spores finely ridged or granular, often +- black.
Species In Genus: 34 species: generally Mexico, southwestern United States, few in Caribbean, South America. Etymology: (Greek: false cloak, from leaf blade margin not reflexed as it is in Cheilanthes)
eFlora Treatment Author: Ruth E.B. Kirkpatrick, Alan R. Smith, Thomas Lemieux & Edward Alverson

Notholaena californica D.C. Eaton
Habit: Rhizome scales rigid, with +- black midrib +- to margins, finely ciliate. Leaf: 3-pinnate, +- 3--13 cm; blade axes brown to black, glabrous or with white to yellow exudate; lowermost pinnae each more developed on basal side; segment abaxially covered with white to yellow exudate, hairs 0, scales 0, adaxially sparsely dotted with white to yellow exudate. Sporangia: 32-spored. Chromosomes: n=2n=150.
Ecology: Dry rocky slopes, rock crevices, under rock ledges; Elevation: 200--1300 m. Bioregional Distribution: SCo, s ChI, TR, PR, DMtns, DSon; Distribution Outside California: Arizona, northwestern Mexico. Note: Apogamous. At least 2 entities in California chemically distinct: 1 with pale to bright yellow exudate on leaf abaxially (Notholaena californica subsp. californica), 1 with white exudate on leaf abaxially (Notholaena californica subsp. leucophylla Windham). Gene flow between them where they overlap geographically (s California) 0 due to apogamy, and pentaploids in Arizona suggest further study needed to decide if taxonomic recognition warranted.
Synonyms: Notholaena candida (M. Martens & Galeotti) Hook. var. accessita Jeps.
eFlora Treatment Author: Ruth E.B. Kirkpatrick, Alan R. Smith, Thomas Lemieux & Edward Alverson
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Citation for this treatment: Ruth E.B. Kirkpatrick, Alan R. Smith, Thomas Lemieux & Edward Alverson 2017. Notholaena californica, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on May 28, 2017.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2017. Jepson eFlora,, accessed on May 28, 2017.

Geographic subdivisions for Notholaena californica:
SCo, s ChI, TR, PR, DMtns, DSon;
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