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Oryctes nevadensis

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Family: SolanaceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Annual to shrub. Leaf: generally simple, generally alternate, generally petioled; stipules 0; blade entire to deeply lobed. Inflorescence: various. Flower: bisexual; calyx lobes generally 5; corolla +- radial, cylindric to rotate, lobes generally 5; stamens 5, on corolla tube, alternate lobes; ovary superior, generally 2-chambered, style 1. Fruit: berry, loculicidal or septicidal capsule, [(drupe)], 2--5-chambered.
Genera In Family: 75 genera, 3000 species: worldwide, especially +- tropics; many alien weeds in California; many cultivated for food, drugs, or ornamental (potato, tomato, peppers, tobacco, petunia). Toxicity: many TOXIC. Note: Nicandra physalodes (L.) Gaertn. is a waif.
eFlora Treatment Author: Michael H. Nee
Scientific Editor: Thomas J. Rosatti.
Genus: OryctesView Description 

Species In Genus: 1 sp. Etymology: (Greek: digger)

Oryctes nevadensis S. Watson
Habit: Annual 5--20 cm, branched from slender taproot, leafy, sticky; some hairs scale-like. Leaf: 1--3 cm, linear to ovate, entire to shallowly lobed, +- wavy; petiole 5--10 mm, narrowly winged. Inflorescence: umbels in axils, few-flowered. Flower: calyx 2--3 mm, < 10 mm in fruit, lobes < tube; corolla 5--8 mm, narrowly urn-shaped, +- purple, lobes small; stamens +- unequal, attached at tube base, some +- exserted; style +- <= stamens. Fruit: capsule, 2-valved, 6--7 mm wide, spheric. Seed: 10--15, round, flat; body 2 mm wide; wing 0.5 mm wide.
Ecology: Sandy soils, dunes; Elevation: 1200--1500 m. Bioregional Distribution: s SNE (Inyo Co.); Distribution Outside California: western Nevada. Flowering Time: May Note: Seriously threatened by grazing.
eFlora Treatment Author: Michael H. Nee
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Citation for this treatment: Michael H. Nee 2017. Oryctes nevadensis, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on May 24, 2017.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2017. Jepson eFlora,, accessed on May 24, 2017.

Geographic subdivisions for Oryctes nevadensis:
s SNE (Inyo Co.);
Markers link to CCH specimen records. Yellow markers indicate records that may provide evidence for eFlora range revision or may have georeferencing or identification issues. Purple markers indicate specimens collected from a garden, greenhouse, or other non-wild location.
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(Note: any qualifiers in the taxon distribution description, such as 'northern', 'southern', 'adjacent' etc., are not reflected in the map above, and in some cases indication of a taxon in a subdivision is based on a single collection or author-verified occurence).

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