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Calystegia sepium subsp. limnophila

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Family: ConvolvulaceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Annual, perennial herb, subshrub, generally twining or trailing. Leaf: 0 or alternate. Inflorescence: cyme or flowers 1 in axils; bracts subtending flowers 0 or 2. Flower: bisexual, radial; sepals (4)5, +- free, overlapping, persistent, often unequal; corolla generally showy, generally bell-shaped, +- shallowly 5-lobed, generally pleated and twisted in bud; stamens 5, epipetalous; pistil 1, ovary superior, chambers generally 2, each generally 2-ovuled, styles 1--2. Fruit: generally capsule. Seed: 1--4(6).
Genera In Family: 55--60 genera, 1600--1700 species: warm temperate to tropics; some cultivated for food or as ornamental (Ipomoea). Note: Monophyletic only if Cuscutaceae included, as treated here. Ipomoea cairica (L.) Sweet, Ipomoea hederacea Jacq. [Ipomoea nil L., misappl.], Ipomoea indica (Burm.) Merr. (including Ipomoea mutabilis Ker Gawl.), Ipomoea purpurea (L.) Roth, Ipomoea triloba L., all included in TJM (1993), not naturalized.
eFlora Treatment Author: Robert E. Preston, except as noted
Scientific Editor: Thomas J. Rosatti.
Genus: CalystegiaView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Perennial herb, subshrub from caudex or rhizome, glabrous to tomentose. Stem: short to high-climbing, generally twisting, twining. Leaf: generally > 1 cm, linear to reniform or sagittate to hastate (deeply divided). Inflorescence: peduncle generally 1-flowered; bracts generally +- opposite, lobed or not, > 1 mm below calyx, not hiding it, small, to < 1 mm below calyx, hiding it or +- so, large. Flower: generally showy; corolla glabrous, white or yellow to pink or purple; ovary chamber 1, style 1, stigma lobes 2, oblong, tips obtuse. Fruit: +- spheric, +- inflated. Seed: generally +- 4.
Species In Genus: +- 25 species: temperate, worldwide. Etymology: (Greek: hiding calyx, by bracts of some) Note: Intermediates common, often difficult to identify. Molecular evidence indicates close relationship with Convolvulus (Carine et al. 2004 Amer J Bot 91:1070--1085). Bracts qualify as bractlets by some definitions. Leaf blade length measured along midrib.
eFlora Treatment Author: R.K. Brummitt
Reference: Brummitt 2002 Madroño 49:130--131
Unabridged Reference: Brummitt 1980 Kew Bull 35(2):327--328
Species: Calystegia sepiumView Description 

Habit: Perennial herb from rhizome, glabrous to hairy. Stem: climbing, < 4 m. Leaf: blade generally 4--8 cm, lobed. Inflorescence: peduncle < subtending leaf; bracts +- hiding calyx, entire, flat or keeled. Flower: sepals generally 10--18 mm; corolla 30--58 mm, white or pink. Chromosomes: 2n=22.
Note: Highly variable, many geographic subspecies; other subspecies in temperate regions worldwide.

Calystegia sepium subsp. limnophila (Greene) Brummitt
Habit: Plant glabrous (densely hairy). Leaf: lobes +- abruptly spreading; sinus rounded to square; tip acute. Inflorescence: bracts 13--28 mm, generally > sepals, 8--18 mm wide, narrowly ovate, flat or keeled. Flower: corolla 30--58 mm, white or pink-tinged.
Ecology: Marshes, riverbanks; Elevation: < 500 m. Bioregional Distribution: Deltaic GV, SnFrB, SCoR, TR, e DMoj (Amargosa River, 500 m); Distribution Outside California: to eastern United States, northern Mexico. Flowering Time: May--Jul Note: Intergrades with Calystegia peirsonii.
Synonyms: Convolvulus limnophilus Greene; Convolvulus sepium L. var. repens (L.) A. Gray;
eFlora Treatment Author: R.K. Brummitt
Reference: Brummitt 2002 Madroño 49:130--131
Unabridged Reference: Brummitt 1980 Kew Bull 35(2):327--328
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Citation for this treatment: R.K. Brummitt 2012, Calystegia sepium subsp. limnophila, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on September 19, 2018.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2018, Jepson eFlora,, accessed on September 19, 2018.

Calystegia sepium subsp. limnophila
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Calystegia sepium subsp. limnophila
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Geographic subdivisions for Calystegia sepium subsp. limnophila:
Deltaic GV, SnFrB, SCoR, TR, e DMoj (Amargosa River, 500 m);
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