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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 2016. Oryctes nevadensis, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on May 05, 2016.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora,, accessed on May 05, 2016.

Oryctes nevadensis
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Geographic subdivisions for Oryctes nevadensis:
s SNE (Inyo Co.);
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