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Valerianella locusta

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Family: ValerianaceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Annual, perennial herb, occasionally strongly scented, odor generally unpleasant. Leaf: simple to pinnately lobed or compound; petioles generally sheathing; basal +- whorled; cauline opposite, petioled to sessile. Inflorescence: cyme, panicle, or head-like, generally +- dense. Flower: generally bisexual; calyx fused to ovary tip, limb 0 or lobes generally 5--15, coiled inward, plumose in age, pappus-like, spreading in fruit; corolla radial to 2-lipped, lobes generally 5, throat generally > lobes, > tube, base generally spurred or swollen, tube slender, long or short; stamens generally 1--3, fused to petals; ovary inferior, chamber generally 1, or occasionally 3 but 2 empty or vestigial. Fruit: achene, smooth, ribbed, or winged.
Genera In Family: +- 17 genera, 300 species: generally temperate, worldwide except Australia. Some species cultivated (Centranthus), some medicinal (Valeriana).
eFlora Treatment Author: Abigail J. Moore & Lauramay T. Dempster, except as noted
Scientific Editor: Douglas H. Goldman, Bruce G. Baldwin.
Genus: ValerianellaView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Common Name: CORN SALAD
Habit: Annual. Stem: erect, equally, repeatedly forked. Leaf: basal and cauline, generally simple, entire to toothed. Inflorescence: cymes, dense, terminal, peduncled, generally paired, subtended by involucre-like ring of bracts. Flower: calyx generally 0; corolla funnel-shaped, lobes unequal, throat +- swollen at base; stamens 3; ovary (2)3-chambered, 1 chamber fertile, others empty or occasionally fused into 1. Fruit: +- compressed, grooved lengthwise.
Species In Genus: +- 80 species: Eurasia, northern Africa. Etymology: (Latin: diminutive of Valeriana)
eFlora Treatment Author: Abigail J. Moore

Valerianella locusta (L.) Betcke
Stem: 1--4.5 dm, sparsely hairy; hairs pointed down. Leaf: 0.5--3 cm; proximal petioled; distal +- sessile; blade obovate to narrowly oblong, entire, distal occasionally dentate. Flower: corolla 1.5--2 mm, white, lobes +- blue. Fruit: 2--3 mm, 1.5--2 mm wide. Chromosomes: 2n=16.
Ecology: Moist, generally shaded sites; Elevation: < 1400 m. Bioregional Distribution: KR, NCoRO, CaRH, n SN, n ScV, CCo, SnFrB; Distribution Outside California: to Montana, Utah; eastern Canada, eastern United States; native to Europe. Flowering Time: Apr--Jun Note: Cult for edible leaves.
Synonyms: Valerianella olitoria (L.) Pollich
eFlora Treatment Author: Abigail J. Moore
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Citation for this treatment: Abigail J. Moore 2017. Valerianella locusta, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on April 26, 2017.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2017. Jepson eFlora,, accessed on April 26, 2017.

Geographic subdivisions for Valerianella locusta:
KR, NCoRO, CaRH, n SN, n ScV, 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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