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Limnanthes floccosa subsp. floccosa

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Family: LimnanthaceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key
Habit: Annual, glabrous to hairy. Stem: generally branched. Leaf: alternate, deeply pinnately lobed to 1--2-compound; stipules 0. Inflorescence: flowers solitary in axils, pedicelled. Flower: generally bisexual, radial; sepals 3--5, free; petals 3--5, free, white to pink or yellow; stamens 3, 8, or 10, free, generally in 2 whorls; nectary glands at bases of outer stamens; pistil 1, ovary deeply 2--5-lobed, style 1, from base of ovary. Fruit: mericarps 1--5, 1-seeded, ovoid to spheric, generally tubercled. Chromosomes: 2n=10.
Genera In Family: 2 genera, 10 species: temperate North America.
eFlora Treatment Author: Robert Ornduff & Nancy R. Morin
Scientific Editor: Douglas H. Goldman, Bruce G. Baldwin.
Genus: LimnanthesView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Annual, decumbent to erect. Leaf: generally 1-odd-pinnately lobed or compound; lobes or leaflets entire to deeply lobed. Flower: sepals (4)5; petals (4)5, generally > sepals, tips toothed or jagged; stamens 8 or 10; ovary lobes 4--5. Fruit: mericarps 1--5, 2.5--4 mm, obovoid to nearly spheric, smooth, ridged, or tubercled.
Species In Genus: 7 species: +- coastal western North America. Etymology: (Greek: marsh flower, from habitat) Note: Plants reported as Limnanthes macounii from CCo are variants of Limnanthes douglasii (Meyers et al. 2010 Syst Bot 35:552--558).
Reference: Mason 1952 Univ Calif Publ Bot 25:455--512
Species: Limnanthes floccosaView Description 

Habit: Erect to ascending or decumbent; herbage glabrous to sparsely or densely hairy. Stem: 3--25 cm. Leaf: 1--8 cm; leaflets 5--11, linear to ovate-elliptic, entire, toothed, or lobed. Flower: urn-, cup-, or bell-shaped; sepals 4--10 mm; petals 4.5--10 mm, < to +- > sepals, curving over fruit, white; filaments 2--7 mm, anthers 0.4--1.5 mm; style 1.5--4 mm. Fruit: mericarps tubercles low.
Note: In California mericarps fall together with calyx.
Limnanthes floccosa Howell subsp. floccosa
Habit: Herbage densely hairy. Flower: bell- to urn-shaped; sepals 4--9 mm; petals 4.5--8.5 mm, hairs at base 0; anthers 0.4-- +- 1 mm, generally dehiscing inward; style 1.5--3 mm. Fruit: mericarps, 1--3, tubercles awl-shaped.
Ecology: Vernal pool edges; Elevation: < 600 m. Bioregional Distribution: KR, NCoRI, CaR; Distribution Outside California: Oregon. Flowering Time: Mar--May
Jepson eFlora Author: Robert Ornduff & Nancy R. Morin
Reference: Mason 1952 Univ Calif Publ Bot 25:455--512
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Citation for this treatment: Robert Ornduff & Nancy R. Morin 2012, Limnanthes floccosa subsp. floccosa, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on April 19, 2019.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2019, Jepson eFlora,, accessed on April 19, 2019.

Limnanthes floccosa subsp. floccosa
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