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Velezia rigida

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Family: CaryophyllaceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Common Name: PINK FAMILY
Habit: Annual to perennial herb; rarely dioecious (Silene), taprooted or rhizome generally slender. Leaf: simple, generally opposite (subwhorled), entire, pairs at nodes often +- connected at bases; stipules generally 0; petiole generally 0. Inflorescence: generally cyme, generally open; flowers 1--many; involucre generally 0 (present in Dianthus, Petrorhagia). Flower: generally bisexual, radial; hypanthium often present but obscure; sepals (4)5, +- free or fused into a tube, margins generally scarious, more so on inner 2 or not, tube generally not scarious, awns generally 0; petals (4)5 or 0, generally tapered to base (or with claw long, limb expanded), entire to 2--several-lobed, limb generally without scale-like appendages adaxially, generally without ear-like lobes at base; stamens generally 10, generally fertile, generally free, generally from ovary base; nectaries 0 or 5; ovary superior, generally 1-chambered, placentas basal or free-central, styles 2--5 with 0 branches or 1 with 2--3 branches. Fruit: capsule or utricle (rarely +- dehiscent), generally sessile.
Genera In Family: 83 or 89 genera, 3000 species: widespread, especially arctic, alpine, temperate northern hemisphere; some cultivated (Agrostemma, Arenaria, Cerastium, Dianthus, Gypsophila, Lychnis, Sagina, Saponaria, Silene, Vaccaria). Note: Apetalous Caryophyllaceae can also be keyed in Rabeler & Hartman 2005 FNANM 5:5--8.
eFlora Treatment Author: Ronald L. Hartman & Richard K. Rabeler, except as noted
Scientific Editor: Thomas J. Rosatti.
Genus: VeleziaView Description 

Habit: Annual, erect, taprooted. Leaf: blade linear to awl-shaped; veins 3. Inflorescence: axillary; flower generally 1; pedicels 1.5--3.5 mm. Flower: sepals 5, fused, tube prominent, 10--14 mm, 0.8--1 mm diam, narrowly cylindric, rounded, ribs 15, teeth 1--1.2 mm, lanceolate-acuminate; petals 5, 11--16 mm, claw +- = calyx, limb entire or notched, appendages 6--8, linear to lanceolate; stamens 5; styles 2, 7--8 mm. Fruit: capsule, narrowly cylindric; stalk 0.2--0.7 mm; teeth 4, ascending. Seed: 6--8, black.
Species In Genus: 6 species: Mediterranean, southern Asia. Etymology: (C. Velez, friend of botanist Loefling, 18th century)

Velezia rigida L.
Habit: Plant 7--40 cm, glandular-hairy, at least above. Stem: branches widely spreading to erect, repeatedly 2-forked, rigid, green to +- purple. Leaf: 5--20 mm; margin ciliate, scarious near base, fused at base. Flower: calyx base swollen, hardened; petals pink to purple, limb narrowly obovate, appendages 0.4--0.6 mm. Fruit: tip rounded. Seed: in 1 row, 1.3--1.8 mm, ovate-oblong, with abrupt, rounded point; papillae fine, low. Chromosomes: 2n=28.
Ecology: Oak woodland, open ridges, gravelly streambeds, serpentine; Elevation: 100--800 m. Bioregional Distribution: KR, NCoRI, n&c SNF, GV, SnFrB; Distribution Outside California: native to southern Europe. Flowering Time: Spring--early summer
eFlora Treatment Author: Ronald L. Hartman & Richard K. Rabeler
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Citation for this treatment: Ronald L. Hartman & Richard K. Rabeler 2016. Velezia rigida, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on February 12, 2016.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora,, accessed on February 12, 2016.

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Velezia rigida
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Geographic subdivisions for Velezia rigida:
KR, NCoRI, n&c SNF, GV, SnFrB;
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