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Phlox speciosa

Higher Taxonomy
Family: PolemoniaceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Common Name: PHLOX FAMILY
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
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 speciosa Pursh
NATIVE
Habit: Open. Stem: erect. Leaf: 1--5 cm, lance-linear. Inflorescence: terminal, with leaf-like bracts below; pedicel 3--20 mm, slender. Flower: calyx 7--10 mm, membrane not keeled; corolla bright pink to white, tube 10--15 mm, lobes obcordate to deeply 2-lobed; stamens short, anthers in corolla tube; style 0.4--2 mm, stigmas > style.
Ecology: Rocky, wooded slopes, sagebrush scrub; Elevation: 500--2400 m. Bioregional Distribution: KR, NCoR, CaR, SN; Distribution Outside California: to British Columbia, Montana. Flowering Time: Apr--Jun Note: Several subspecies named; study needed.
Synonyms: Phlox speciosa subsp. nitida (Suksd.) Wherry; Phlox speciosa subsp. occidentalis (Durand) 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 2016. Phlox speciosa, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=37861, accessed on May 06, 2016.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on May 06, 2016.


Phlox speciosa
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Phlox speciosa subsp. occidentalis
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© 2008 Keir Morse
Phlox speciosa
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© 2006 Christopher L. Christie
Phlox speciosa subsp. occidentalis
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Phlox speciosa
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© 2011 Julie Kierstead Nelson
Phlox speciosa subsp. occidentalis
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© 2008 Keir Morse

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Geographic subdivisions for Phlox speciosa:
KR, NCoR, CaR, SN;
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