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Polemonium carneum

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
Scientific Editor: Robert Patterson, Thomas J. Rosatti.
Genus: PolemoniumView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Annual, perennial herb. Stem: decumbent to erect, 10--100 cm, glandular-hairy, hairy, or glabrous. Leaf: pinnate-compound, alternate; basal petiole base membranous or not, sheathing or not; cauline sessile above; leaflets entire to divided, glabrous to glandular-hairy. Inflorescence: cyme or head. Flower: calyx bell-shaped, membranous in age but not separated into membrane and lobes, glandular-hairy; corolla rotate to funnel- or bell-shaped, tube << throat, lobes white to blue or purple; stamens attached at 1 level, filaments hairy at base; ovary generally +- 1 mm, +- 1 mm wide. Fruit: ovoid to spheric. Seed: <= 10, generally 1--3 mm, elliptic to ovate, +- gelatinous when wet, brown to black.
Species In Genus: +- 30 species: America, Eurasia. Etymology: (Greek: perhaps from Polemon, Athenian philosopher, or polemos, strife or war) Note: Perennial herb generally cross-pollinated, annual self-pollinated. Polemonium eddyense newly described; Polemonium pulcherrimum var. shastense newly recognized.
eFlora Treatment Author: Rebecca L. Stubbs, Ruth E. Timme & Dieter H. Wilken

Polemonium carneum A. Gray
Habit: Perennial herb, +- glabrous; rhizome long, slender. Stem: erect, 40--100 cm, glabrous or +- hairy. Leaf: cauline, < 20 cm, 3--8 cm wide, not reduced, glabrous; petioles 2--7 cm, bases not membranous, not sheathing; leaflets 9--21, 2--4 cm, 4--15 mm wide, elliptic, entire, terminal generally free. Inflorescence: open cyme, 4--11-flowered; pedicel 4--13 mm. Flower: calyx 8--10 mm, lobes < tube, acute; corolla rotate to bell-shaped, limb 12--20 mm diam, throat 5--7 mm, lobes 8--10 mm, generally white to pale pink to rarely purple (often purple on herbarium specimens); stamens 5--10 mm, included; pistil 7--12 mm, ovary +- 2 mm, +- 1 mm wide, style included. Fruit: 4--8 mm, 3--6 mm wide. Seed: <= 6, dark brown to black.
Ecology: Moist to dry, open areas; Elevation: < 1800 m. Bioregional Distribution: NW, CCo, SnFrB; Distribution Outside California: to Washington. Flowering Time: Apr--Jun
eFlora Treatment Author: Rebecca L. Stubbs, Ruth E. Timme & Dieter H. Wilken
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Citation for this treatment: Rebecca L. Stubbs, Ruth E. Timme & Dieter H. Wilken 2016. Polemonium carneum, Revision 2, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on April 29, 2016.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora,, accessed on April 29, 2016.

Polemonium carneum
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Polemonium carneum
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Polemonium carneum
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Polemonium carneum
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© 2008 Keir Morse

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Geographic subdivisions for Polemonium carneum:
NW, CCo, SnFrB;
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Duplicates counted once; synonyms included.
Species do not include records of infraspecific taxa.
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