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Pleuricospora fimbriolata

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Family: EricaceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Perennial herb, shrub, tree. Stem: bark often peeling distinctively. Leaf: simple or 0, generally cauline, alternate, opposite (whorled), evergreen or deciduous, often leathery, petioled or not; stipules 0. Inflorescence: raceme, panicle, cyme, or flowers 1, terminal or axillary, generally bracted; pedicel often with 2 bractlets. Flower: generally bisexual, generally radial, bell-shaped, cylindric, or urn-shaped; sepals generally (0)4--5, generally free; petals generally (0)4--5, free or fused; stamens (2--5)8--10, free, filaments rarely appendaged, anthers dehiscing by pores or slits, awns 0 or 2(4), seemingly abaxial, reduced or elongate, generally curved; nectary generally present at ovary base, generally disk-like; ovary superior or inferior, chambers generally 1--5, placentas axile or parietal, ovules 1--many per chamber, style 1, stigma head- to funnel-like or lobed. Fruit: capsule, drupe, berry. Seed: generally many, winged or not.
Genera In Family: +- 100 genera, 3000 species: generally worldwide except deserts; some cultivated, especially Arbutus, Arctostaphylos, Rhododendron, Vaccinium. Note: Monophyletic only if Empetraceae included, as treated here. Ledum included in Rhododendron. Non-green plants obtain nutrition from green plants through fungal intermediates.
eFlora Treatment Author: Gary D. Wallace, except as noted
Scientific Editor: Gary D. Wallace, Thomas J. Rosatti.
Genus: PleuricosporaView Description 

Species In Genus: 1 sp. Etymology: (Greek: seeds at side, from parietal placentas)

Pleuricospora fimbriolata A. Gray
Habit: Perennial herb, non-green, fleshy, glabrous; roots brittle. Stem: 0. Leaf: 0. Inflorescence: raceme, generally 6--10 cm, yellow-cream, emerging from ground erect, not persistent after seed dispersal, bracted, drying brown or black at tips; bractlets 0. Flower: sepals 4, free, 5--8 mm; corolla cylindric, glabrous, petals 4(5), free, 8--10 mm, yellow-cream, margins jagged; stamens generally 8, anthers 3--4 mm, elongate, dehiscing by long, separate lateral slits, unawned; ovary superior, chamber 1, placentas parietal, style < 3 mm, stigma 1.5--2.5 mm wide, crown-like, not subtended by hairs. Fruit: berry, < 1 cm wide, cream to +- white. Seed: many, ovate. Chromosomes: 2n=52.
Ecology: Mixed or conifer forest; Elevation: 150--2800 m. Bioregional Distribution: NCo, KR, NCoRO, CaRH, SNH, SnFrB; Distribution Outside California: to British Columbia. Flowering Time: Jun--Aug
eFlora Treatment Author: Gary D. Wallace
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Citation for this treatment: Gary D. Wallace 2016. Pleuricospora fimbriolata, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on May 01, 2016.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora,, accessed on May 01, 2016.

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© 1984 Gary A. Monroe
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© 1997 John Game
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