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Tricardia watsonii
THREE HEARTS

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Family: BoraginaceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Common Name: BORAGE or WATERLEAF FAMILY
Habit: Annual to shrub or small tree, or non-green root parasite, often bristly or sharp-hairy. Stem: prostrate to erect. Leaf: basal and/or cauline, generally simple, generally alternate. Inflorescence: generally cymes, or panicle-, raceme-, head-, or spike-like, generally coiled in flower (often described as scorpioid), generally elongating in fruit, or flowers 1--2 per axil. Flower: bisexual, generally radial; sepals (4)5(10), fused at least at base, or free; corolla (4)5(10)-lobed, salverform, funnel-shaped, rotate, or bell-shaped, generally without scales at tube base, with 0 or 5 appendages at tube top, alternate stamens; stamens epipetalous; ovary generally superior, entire to 4-lobed, style 1(2), entire or 2-lobed or -branched. Fruit: valvate or circumscissile capsule or nutlets 1--4, free (fused), smooth to roughened, prickly or bristly or not.
Genera In Family: +- 120 genera, +- 2300 species: tropics, temperate, especially western North America, Mediterranean; some cultivated (Borago, Heliotropium, Echium, Myosotis, Nemophila, Phacelia, Symphytum, Wigandia). Toxicity: Many genera may be TOXIC from pyrrolizidine alkaloids or accumulated nitrates. Note: Recently treated to include Hydrophyllaceae, Lennoaceae. Wigandia urens added, as naturalized.
eFlora Treatment Author: Ronald B. Kelley, Robert Patterson, Richard R. Halse & Timothy C. Messick, family description, key to genera; treatment of genera by Ronald B. Kelley, except as noted
Scientific Editor: Ronald B. Kelley, Robert Patterson, Thomas J. Rosatti, Bruce G. Baldwin, David J. Keil.
Genus: TricardiaView Description 


Species In Genus: 1 sp. Etymology: (Greek: 3 hearts, from calyx)
eFlora Treatment Author: Robert Patterson & Richard R. Halse

Tricardia watsonii S. Watson
NATIVE
Habit: Perennial herb; herbage long-soft-hairy, in age +- glabrous; taproot woody, generally topped by a branched caudex covered by old petiole bases. Stem: several from root crown, erect, 5--40 cm. Leaf: generally in basal rosette, petioled, 2--9 cm, 5--25 mm wide; cauline alternate, lower short-petioled, upper sessile, 6--20 mm, 3--15 mm wide, entire. Inflorescence: open, terminal; flowers pedicelled. Flower: calyx lobes 5, unequal, not alike, enlarged in fruit, outer 3 cordate, 5--9 mm, 9--25 mm in fruit, scarious, veiny, green to +- purple, inner 2 +- 4 mm, linear; corolla 4--8 mm, bell-shaped to rotate, white to cream, generally marked lavender; stamens included, unequal, equally attached; ovary chamber appearing 1, style 1, 3--4 mm, tip 2-lobed. Fruit: capsule, 7--9 mm, glabrous. Seed: 4--8, oblong, brown, rough. Chromosomes: n=8.
Ecology: Sandy or gravelly desert slopes, flats, mtns, generally under shrubs; Elevation: 100--2300 m. Bioregional Distribution: SnBr, SNE, D; Distribution Outside California: to Utah, Arizona. Flowering Time: Apr--Jun
eFlora Treatment Author: Robert Patterson & Richard R. Halse
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Citation for this treatment: Robert Patterson & Richard R. Halse 2016. Tricardia watsonii, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=46923, accessed on February 12, 2016.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on February 12, 2016.


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