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Rumex californicus

Higher Taxonomy
Family: PolygonaceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Common Name: BUCKWHEAT FAMILY
Habit: Annual to shrub [tree]. Stem: nodes swollen or not. Leaf: simple, basal or cauline, generally alternate; ocreae present or 0, generally scarious, persistent or not. Inflorescence: flower clusters in axillary to terminal cyme-, panicle-, raceme-, spike-, umbel- or head-like arrangements, entire inflorescence or main inflorescence branches generally subtended by bracts ("inflorescence bracts"); peduncles present or 0; flower clusters in Eriogoneae-Eriogonoideae subtended by involucre of >= 1 free or +- fused, sometimes awn-tipped bracts ("involucre bracts") or, in Polygonoideae and rarely in Eriogonoideae, not (if bracts completely fused, involucre "tubular"); pedicels in Eriogoneae each often subtended by 2 free, transparent, linear bractlets or in Polygonoideae all subtended by 2+ fused, membranous, wide bractlets. Flower: generally bisexual, small, 1--200 per node; perianth parts 2--6, generally in 2 whorls, free or basally fused, generally petal-like, often +- concave adaxially, often darker at midvein, often turning +- red or +- brown in age; stamens [1]3 or 6--9 in 2 whorls; ovary superior, 1-chambered, ovule 1, styles 1--3. Fruit: achenes, included in or exserted from perianth, generally 3-angled, ovoid or elliptic, generally glabrous.
Genera In Family: 48 genera, +- 1200 species: worldwide, especially northern temperate; some cultivated for food (Coccoloba, sea-grape; Fagopyrum, Rheum, Rumex) or ornamental (Antigonon, lovechain; Coccoloba; Muehlenbeckia; Persicaria; Polygonum), a few timbered (Coccoloba; Triplaris). Several (Emex; Fallopia; Persicaria; Polygonum; Rumex) are weeds. Note: Treatment of genera in Eriogonoideae based on monographic work of James L. Reveal. Involucre number throughout is number (1--many) per ultimate grouping, at tips of ultimate branches; flower number is per flower cluster or involucre, unless otherwise stated. Fagopyrum esculentum Moench not naturalized, considered an historical waif (or garden weed +- presently), therefore not treated.
eFlora Treatment Author: Mihai Costea, except as noted
Genus: RumexView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Common Name: DOCK
Habit: Annual to perennial herb; glabrous or papillate and hairy; rhizomed, stoloned, or generally from taproot with a short caudex; occasionally dioecious. Stem: prostrate, decumbent, or generally erect to ascending, often +- ridged, red-brown in fruit, nodes +- swollen. Leaf: generally basal and cauline, alternate, petioled except uppermost cauline; ocreae deciduous to persistent. Inflorescence: axillary or generally terminal, generally panicle-like. Flower: generally bisexual, bell-shaped, glabrous, green, +- pink, or red; perianth lobes 6, persistent, in fruit outer 3 +- inconspicuous, inner 3 enlarged, hardened, +- veiny, covering fruit, midrib of 1--3 often expanded into tubercle; stamens 6; stigmas 3, fringed. Fruit: achene, glabrous, +- black or dark brown to +- red.
Species In Genus: 190--200 species: +- worldwide, 63 in North America. Etymology: (Latin: sorrel) Note: Mature inner perianth lobes generally needed for identification. Species often hybridize.
eFlora Treatment Author: Scott Simono

Rumex californicus Rech. f.
NATIVE
Habit: Perennial herb, glabrous; taproot vertical. Stem: ascending (decumbent or +- erect), 3--6 dm, often with axillary shoots below 1° inflorescence. Leaf: blade 5--10 cm, 1--3 cm wide, linear to lance-oblanceolate, base tapered, margin entire, flat or wavy near base, tip acute or attenuate. Inflorescence: axillary, terminal, +- open, interrupted, branches generally simple; whorls 10--15(20)-flowered; pedicels 3--8 mm, thread-like, jointed. Flower: generally both bi- and unisexual on 1 pl; inner perianth lobes 2.5--3.5 mm, 2.2--3.3 mm wide, generally widely triangular or deltate, base truncate, margin generally minute-toothed, tip obtuse or +- acute; tubercles generally 0, or 1 midvein +- swollen. Fruit: 2 mm, 1.3 mm wide, brown to dark red-brown. Chromosomes: 2n=20.
Ecology: Moist places; Elevation: < 3500 m. Bioregional Distribution: CA (esp mtns, coast); Distribution Outside California: Oregon, Nevada, Arizona, possibly northern Mexico. Flowering Time: May--Sep
Synonyms: Rumex salicifolius Weinm. var. denticulatus Torr.
eFlora Treatment Author: Scott Simono
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Citation for this treatment: Scott Simono 2016. Rumex californicus, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=42423, accessed on May 26, 2016.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on May 26, 2016.


Rumex californicus
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Rumex californicus
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Rumex californicus
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Rumex californicus
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Rumex californicus
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Geographic subdivisions for Rumex californicus:
CA (esp mtns, coast);
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