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Pseudostellaria jamesiana

Higher Taxonomy
Family: CaryophyllaceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Common Name: PINK FAMILY
Habit: Annual to perennial herb; rarely dioecious (Silene), taprooted or rhizome generally slender. Leaf: simple, generally opposite (subwhorled), entire, pairs at nodes often +- connected at bases; stipules generally 0; petiole generally 0. Inflorescence: generally cyme, generally open; flowers 1--many; involucre generally 0 (present in Dianthus, Petrorhagia). Flower: generally bisexual, radial; hypanthium often present but obscure; sepals (4)5, +- free or fused into a tube, margins generally scarious, more so on inner 2 or not, tube generally not scarious, awns generally 0; petals (4)5 or 0, generally tapered to base (or with claw long, limb expanded), entire to 2--several-lobed, limb generally without scale-like appendages adaxially, generally without ear-like lobes at base; stamens generally 10, generally fertile, generally free, generally from ovary base; nectaries 0 or 5; ovary superior, generally 1-chambered, placentas basal or free-central, styles 2--5 with 0 branches or 1 with 2--3 branches. Fruit: capsule or utricle (rarely +- dehiscent), generally sessile.
Genera In Family: 83 or 89 genera, 3000 species: widespread, especially arctic, alpine, temperate northern hemisphere; some cultivated (Agrostemma, Arenaria, Cerastium, Dianthus, Gypsophila, Lychnis, Sagina, Saponaria, Silene, Vaccaria). Note: Apetalous Caryophyllaceae can also be keyed in Rabeler & Hartman 2005 FNANM 5:5--8.
eFlora Treatment Author: Ronald L. Hartman & Richard K. Rabeler, except as noted
Scientific Editor: Thomas J. Rosatti.
Genus: PseudostellariaView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Perennial herb, sprawling to erect, rhizomed. Leaf: blade linear to +- lanceolate or elliptic; vein 1. Inflorescence: terminal or axillary; flowers 1--many. Flower: hypanthium 0; sepals 5, free, 3--7 mm, lanceolate to +- ovate, glandular-hairy or glabrous, margin scarious; petals 5, 5--9.5 mm, 2-lobed < 1/5 to base; stamens on ovary base; styles 3, 2--4.5 mm. Fruit: capsule, spheric; valves 3, +- 2--3 × recoiled. Seed: 1--2, red-brown to brown.
Species In Genus: 21 species: western United States, Europe, central and eastern Asia. Etymology: (Latin: false Stellaria)

Pseudostellaria jamesiana (Torr.) W.A. Weber & R.L. Hartm.
Habit: Plant 12--45 cm, glandular-hairy, at least above; rhizomes with spheric to elongate, tuber-like thickenings 3--12 mm diam. Stem: simple to much-branched, ascending to erect, 4-angled. Leaf: 15--150 mm, +- smaller above, thick; margin +- smooth to roughened. Inflorescence: pedicels in fruit recurved to reflexed from base. Seed: 2--3.4 mm. Chromosomes: 2n=96.
Ecology: Meadows, sagebrush-grassland, dry understory of conifer forest; Elevation: 1400--2700 m. Bioregional Distribution: KR, NCoRH, CaRH, SN (exc n SNF), WTR, MP; Distribution Outside California: to Washington, Montana, Colorado, Texas. Flowering Time: Summer
Synonyms: Stellaria jamesiana Torr.
eFlora Treatment Author: Ronald L. Hartman & Richard K. Rabeler
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Citation for this treatment: Ronald L. Hartman & Richard K. Rabeler 2016. Pseudostellaria jamesiana, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on May 05, 2016.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora,, accessed on May 05, 2016.

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Geographic subdivisions for Pseudostellaria jamesiana:
KR, NCoRH, CaRH, SN (exc n SNF), WTR, MP;
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