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|Family: Simmondsiaceae||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
|Genus: Simmondsia||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
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Simmondsia chinensis (Link) C.K. Schneid.
Habit: Hairs short, dense, appressed, less dense in age. Stem: 1--2 m; new growth +- hairy; branches stiff. Leaf: 2--4 cm, oblong-ovate, dull green, subsessile. Inflorescence: peduncle 3--10 mm. Flower: staminate sepals 3--4 mm, +- green, pistillate 10--20 mm in age; anthers yellow. Fruit: +- 1--2.5 cm, nut-like, ovoid, tough, leathery, obtusely 3-angled. Seed: large, including liquid wax. Chromosomes: 2n=26.
Ecology: Creosote-bush scrub, desert wash scrub, chaparral, coastal scrub; Elevation: < 1350 m. Bioregional Distribution: s SCo, PR, s DMoj, DSon; Distribution Outside California: northern Mexico. Flowering Time: Generally Mar--May Note: Important as forage pl; seed wax a substitute for sperm whale oil; fruit edible.
Synonyms: Buxus chinensis Link; Simmondsia californica Nutt.
eFlora Treatment Author: Robert E. Preston & William J. Stone
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Previous taxon: Simmondsia
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Citation for this treatment: Robert E. Preston & William J. Stone 2017. Simmondsia chinensis, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=44601, accessed on January 19, 2017.
Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2017. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on January 19, 2017.