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Tellima grandiflora

Higher Taxonomy
Family: SaxifragaceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Perennial herb from caudex or rhizome, generally +- hairy. Stem: often +- leafy on proximal 1/2, rarely trailing and leafy throughout. Leaf: generally simple, basal and/or cauline, generally alternate, generally petioled; veins +- palmate. Inflorescence: raceme or panicle, generally +- scapose. Flower: generally bisexual, generally radial; hypanthium free to +- fused to ovary; calyx lobes generally 5; petals generally 5, free, generally clawed, generally white; stamens 3, [4], 5, 8, or 10; pistils 1 (carpels +- fused, ovary lobed, chambers 1 or 2, placentas generally 2(3), axile or parietal or occasionally proximally axile and distally marginal in ovary lobes) or 2 (carpels free, placentas marginal), ovary nearly superior to inferior, occasionally more superior in fruit, styles generally 2(3). Fruit: capsule (generally 2(3)-beaked, valves generally 2(3), generally equal) or 2 follicles. Seed: generally many, small.
Genera In Family: +- 30 genera, 600 species: especially northern temperate, arctic, alpine; some cultivated (Bergenia, Darmera, Heuchera, Saxifraga, Tellima, Tolmiea). Note: California Mitella moved to Mitellastra, Ozomelis, Pectiantia; Suksdorfia ranunculifolia to Hemieva. Parnassia moved to Parnassiaceae.
eFlora Treatment Author: Michael S. Park & Patrick E. Elvander, except as noted
Scientific Editor: Bruce G. Baldwin.
Genus: TellimaView Description 

Common Name: FRINGE CUPS

Species In Genus: 1 sp. Etymology: (Anagram of Mitella)

Tellima grandiflora (Pursh) Douglas ex Lindl.
Habit: Plant 40--100 cm, hairy, sparsely glandular; rhizome scaly; bulblets 0. Leaf: basal and cauline, distal reduced; stipules +- 5 mm, membranous, +- sheathing, ciliate to toothed; petiole 3--30 cm; blade 2--10 cm, ovate, base cordate, clasping above, lobes shallow, teeth sharp. Inflorescence: spike-like raceme, generally 1-sided; flowers many; bracts scale-like; pedicel 2--5 mm. Flower: fragrant or not; hypanthium partly fused to ovary; calyx lobes 2--3 mm, +- elliptic; petals 3--7 mm, lobes +- 5--7, linear, +- green-white to rose or red, ephemeral; stamens 10; pistil 1, ovary > 1/2-inferior, chamber 1, placentas 2, parietal. Fruit: capsule. Chromosomes: 2n=14.
Ecology: Moist slopes; Elevation: < 2000 m. Bioregional Distribution: KR, NCoRO, NCoRH, CaRH, n SNH, n CCo, SnFrB; Distribution Outside California: to Alaska, Montana. Flowering Time: Apr--Jul
eFlora Treatment Author: Michael S. Park & Patrick E. Elvander
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Citation for this treatment: Michael S. Park & Patrick E. Elvander 2017. Tellima grandiflora, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on May 24, 2017.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2017. Jepson eFlora,, accessed on May 24, 2017.

Tellima grandiflora
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Tellima grandiflora
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Geographic subdivisions for Tellima grandiflora:
KR, NCoRO, NCoRH, CaRH, n SNH, n CCo, SnFrB;
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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