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Phlox austromontana

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, except as noted
Scientific Editor: Robert Patterson, Thomas J. Rosatti.
Genus: PhloxView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Perennial herb or +- subshrub, open to matted or cushion-like. Stem: prostrate or decumbent to erect. Leaf: cauline, opposite, simple, sessile, lance-linear to elliptic, entire. Flower: corolla salverform; stamens attached at > 1 level, some unequal.
Species In Genus: +- 60 species: North America, Siberia. Etymology: (Greek: flame, ancient name for Lychnis of Caryophyllaceae) Note: Phlox gracilis moved to Microsteris.
eFlora Treatment Author: Carolyn J. Ferguson, Suzanne C. Strakosh & Robert Patterson

Phlox austromontana Coville
Habit: Plant +- matted to cushion-like, +- glabrous to sparsely hairy, not glandular. Leaf: 10--15 mm, lanceolate, stiff, sharp-tipped, adaxially hairy, abaxially generally glabrous. Inflorescence: terminal; flowers 1; pedicel short. Flower: calyx membrane low-keeled at base; corolla white to pink or lavender, tube 11--14 mm, lobes generally rounded.
Ecology: Dry, rocky areas, pinyon/juniper woodland, conifer forest, sagebrush scrub; Elevation: 1500--2700 m. Bioregional Distribution: SnGb, SnBr, PR; Distribution Outside California: to western Colorado, Arizona, Baja California. Flowering Time: May--Jun
Synonyms: Phlox austromontana subsp. austromontana; Phlox austromontana subsp. prostrata (E.E. Nelson) Wherry
eFlora Treatment Author: Carolyn J. Ferguson, Suzanne C. Strakosh & Robert Patterson
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Citation for this treatment: Carolyn J. Ferguson, Suzanne C. Strakosh & Robert Patterson 2017. Phlox austromontana, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on June 27, 2017.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2017. Jepson eFlora,, accessed on June 27, 2017.

Phlox austromontana
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© 2009 Neal Kramer
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Geographic subdivisions for Phlox austromontana:
SnGb, SnBr, PR;
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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