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Paeonia brownii

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Family: PaeoniaceaeView Description 
Habit: Perennial herb, subshrub; roots generally in fleshy clusters. Stem: 1--several from root crown. Leaf: basal and cauline, alternate, large, deeply, generally ternately, dissected to compound, +- fleshy; stipules 0. Inflorescence: terminal, flowers 1 or few in cluster. Flower: sepals generally 5, free, leathery, persistent in fruit; petals generally 5--10; stamens many, maturing outward; pistils 2--5, simple, thick-walled, surrounded at base by lobed disk, style +- 0. Fruit: follicles, 2--5. Seed: large, generally several per follicle, generally black, arilled.
Genera In Family: 1 genus: western United States, Eurasia, especially temperate eastern Asia.; many cultivated. Note: Disk evidently not nectar-secreting.
eFlora Treatment Author: Fosiée Tahbaz
Scientific Editor: Thomas J. Rosatti.
Genus: PaeoniaView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Common Name: PEONY

Species In Genus: +- 30 species: Eurasia, 2 species in western United States. Etymology: (Greek: Paeon, physician to the gods)
Paeonia brownii Douglas
Stem: generally simple. Leaf: 1° divisions 3--6 cm, 2--5 cm wide; ultimate segments +- elliptic, bases tapered. Flower: petals 8--13 mm; filaments 3--5 mm, anthers 2--4 mm. Fruit: 2--4 cm. Seed: +- 11 mm. Chromosomes: n=5.
Ecology: Open, dry pine forest, scrub; Elevation: 200--3000 m. Bioregional Distribution: KR, NCoR, CaR, n&n-c SN, se SnFrB (Mount Hamilton), MP, n SNE; Distribution Outside California: to Washington, Wyoming, Nevada. Flowering Time: Apr--Jun
Jepson eFlora Author: Fosiée Tahbaz
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Citation for this treatment: Fosiée Tahbaz 2012, Paeonia brownii, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on November 21, 2019.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2019, Jepson eFlora,, accessed on November 21, 2019.

Paeonia brownii
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© 2010 Barry Breckling
Paeonia brownii
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© 2015 Larry Blakely
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© 2019 Barry Breckling
Paeonia brownii
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© 2015 Larry Blakely
Paeonia brownii
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© 1981 Gary A. Monroe
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Geographic subdivisions for Paeonia brownii:
KR, NCoR, CaR, n&n-c SN, se SnFrB (Mount Hamilton), MP, n SNE
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