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|Family: Caryophyllaceae||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
|Genus: Saponaria||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
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Saponaria officinalis L.
Habit: Plant 3--9+ dm, +- glabrous. Stem: simple or branched above. Leaf: 3--10 cm. Inflorescence: peduncles ascending or erect, bracted. Flower: calyx tube obdepressed around pedicel, +- narrowed near base, lobes unequal, thinly scarious; petals pink, limb 8--12 mm wide, obovate, appendages 1--2 mm, lance-linear. Seed: 1.5--2 mm, +- spheric, notched, +- compressed, tubercled. Chromosomes: 2n=28.
Ecology: Roadsides, oak woodland, streambeds, disturbed areas; Elevation: < 1850 m. Bioregional Distribution: NW, CaRH, n SNF, SnFrB, SCoRO, SCo, PR, GB; Distribution Outside California: North America; native to southern Europe. Flowering Time: Jun--Sep Note: "Double-flowered" cultivars also naturalized.
eFlora Treatment Author: Ronald L. Hartman & Richard K. Rabeler
Jepson Online Interchange
Weed listed by Cal-IPC
Previous taxon: Saponaria
Next taxon: Scleranthus
Citation for this treatment: Ronald L. Hartman & Richard K. Rabeler 2016. Saponaria officinalis, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=43222, accessed on December 04, 2016.
Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on December 04, 2016.