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Sibara deserti

Higher Taxonomy
Family: Brassicaceae (Cruciferae)View DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Annual to shrub; sap pungent, watery. Leaf: generally simple, alternate; generally both basal, cauline; stipules 0. Inflorescence: generally raceme, generally not bracted. Flower: bisexual, generally radial; sepals 4, generally free; petals (0)4, forming a cross, generally white or yellow to purple; stamens generally 6 (2 or 4), 4 long, 2 short (3 pairs of unequal length); ovary 1, superior, generally 2-chambered with septum connecting 2 parietal placentas; style 1, stigma entire or 2-lobed. Fruit: capsule, generally 2-valved, "silique" (length >= 3 × width) or "silicle" (length < 3 × width), dehiscent by 2 valves or indehiscent, cylindric or flat parallel or perpendicular to septum, segmented or not. Seed: 1--many, in 1 or 2 rows per chamber, winged or wingless; embryo strongly curved.
Genera In Family: +- 330 genera, 3780 species: worldwide, especially temperate. Note: Highest diversity in Mediterranean area, mountains of southwestern Asia, adjacent central Asia, western North America; some Brassica species are oil or vegetable crops; Arabidopsis thaliana used in experimental molecular biology; many species are ornamentals, weeds. Aurinia saxatilis (L.) Desvaux in cultivation only. Aubrieta occasional waif in central NCoR, Carrichtera annua (L.) DC. in SCo, Iberis sempervirens L., Iberis umbellata L. in PR, Teesdalia coronopifolia (Bergeret) Thell., Teesdalia nudicaulis (L.) W.T. Aiton in southern NCoRO, CCo. Cardaria, Coronopus moved to Lepidium; Caulostramina to Hesperidanthus; Guillenia to Caulanthus; Heterodraba to Athysanus; California taxa of Lesquerella to Physaria; Malcolmia africana to Strigosella.
eFlora Treatment Author: Ihsan A. Al-Shehbaz, except as noted
Scientific Editor: Douglas H. Goldman, Bruce G. Baldwin.
Genus: SibaraView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Annual, glabrous or with simple, forked, or many-branched hairs. Leaf: basal, proximal cauline finely pinnately divided; distal petioled, pinnately lobed, base not lobed. Inflorescence: much elongated. Flower: sepals erect, base not sac-like; petals spoon-shaped to oblanceolate, white to pink or purple, clawed. Fruit: silique, dehiscent, linear, flat parallel to septum or cylindric, unsegmented; stigma entire. Seed: 14--94, in 1 or 2 rows, wingless.
Species In Genus: 5 species: North America. Etymology: (Anagram of Arabis) Note: Sibara virginica now called Planodes virginicum.
eFlora Treatment Author: Ihsan A. Al-Shehbaz

Sibara deserti (M.E. Jones) Rollins
Habit: Hairs minute, forked or many-branched (simple). Stem: 1--3.5(4.5) dm, distally branched or not. Leaf: basal early-deciduous; cauline 2--4 cm, deeply pinnately divided; lobes 2--20 mm, 0.3--3 mm wide, linear to lance-linear. Flower: sepals 1.5--2 mm, oblong; petals white. Fruit: spreading to reflexed, flat; style 1--2.5(3) mm; pedicel spreading to reflexed, (2)3--5.5(10) mm, hairy or not. Seed: 0.9--1.4 mm, oblong. Chromosomes: 2n=26,28.
Ecology: Washes, steep hillsides, dry flats, scree, calcareous rubble, rocky bluffs, exposed crevices; Elevation: 50--1400 m. Bioregional Distribution: n&e DMoj; Distribution Outside California: southeastern Nevada. Flowering Time: Mar--Apr Note: Fruit length, orientation variable.
Synonyms: Sibara rosulata Rollins
eFlora Treatment Author: Ihsan A. Al-Shehbaz
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Citation for this treatment: Ihsan A. Al-Shehbaz 2017. Sibara deserti, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on April 23, 2017.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2017. Jepson eFlora,, accessed on April 23, 2017.

Geographic subdivisions for Sibara deserti:
n&e DMoj;
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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