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Whipplea modesta

Higher Taxonomy
Family: HydrangeaceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Common Name: HYDRANGEA FAMILY
Habit: Perennial herb to small tree or vine. Stem: < 3 m, generally erect; bark generally peeling as thin sheets or narrow strips. Leaf: generally simple, opposite, deciduous or not, +- hairy; stipules 0; blade +- round to narrowly elliptic, entire or toothed. Inflorescence: cyme, raceme, panicle, or flower 1, terminal or axillary, generally bracted. Flower: bisexual, radial, flowers on inflorescence margins occasionally sterile and enlarged; sepals 4--10, free or fused at base, spreading or erect; petals 4--7, free, +- round to narrowly elliptic; stamens 8--12 in 2 whorls or many and clustered, filament base linear or wide and flat; pistil 1, ovary superior to inferior, chambers 2--8, ovules 1--2 or many per chamber, placentas axile or parietal, styles 1--8, free or fused at base. Fruit: capsule, loculicidal or septicidal; styles persistent or not. Seed: generally many, small to minute, oblong to fusiform, winged or not.
Genera In Family: 18 genera, +- 250 species: generally temperate, subtropical northern hemisphere; some cultivated for ornamental (Carpenteria, Hydrangea, Philadelphus). Note: Philadelphaceae in TJM (1993).
eFlora Treatment Author: Robert E. Preston & Charles F. Quibell
Scientific Editor: Douglas H. Goldman, Bruce G. Baldwin.
Genus: WhippleaView Description 

Common Name: MODESTY

Species In Genus: 1 sp. Etymology: (Lieutenant A.W. Whipple, 1818--1863, Commander, Pacific Railroad Expedition of 1853--1854)

Whipplea modesta Torr.
NATIVE
Habit: Perennial herb, subshrub, decumbent. Stem: bark gray-brown, peeling as narrow strips. Leaf: persistent, +- sessile; blade 1.5--4 cm, 1--3 cm wide, ovate to elliptic, coarsely strigose, upper surface hairs ascending, bulbous-based. Inflorescence: cyme or raceme, dense; flowers 4--12. Flower: 4--6 mm wide, odorless; sepals 4--6, 1.5--2 mm, narrowly oblong, +- glabrous; petals 4--6, 3--6 mm, obovate, white; stamens 8--12, +- equal, filament base wide, flat; ovary 1/2-inferior, chambers 4--5, placentas +- axile, ovule 1 per chamber, styles 4--5, stigma terminal. Fruit: spheric, segmented in age. Seed: 1 per chamber, plump, honeycomb-pitted.
Ecology: Coastal scrub, chaparral, forest, open areas or on streambanks; Elevation: 45--1525 m. Bioregional Distribution: NW, SnFrB, SCoRO (Santa Lucia Range); Distribution Outside California: to Washington. Flowering Time: Mar--Jul
eFlora Treatment Author: Robert E. Preston & Charles F. Quibell
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Citation for this treatment: Robert E. Preston & Charles F. Quibell 2016. Whipplea modesta, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=48534, accessed on April 28, 2016.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on April 28, 2016.


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Geographic subdivisions for Whipplea modesta:
NW, SnFrB, SCoRO (Santa Lucia Range);
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