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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, Bruce G. Baldwin.
Genus: PleuricosporaView Description 

Species In Genus: 1 sp. Etymology: (Greek: seeds at side, from parietal placentas)
eFlora Treatment Author: Gary D. Wallace

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 2012, Pleuricospora fimbriolata, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on July 20, 2018.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2018, Jepson eFlora,, accessed on July 20, 2018.

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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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