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Lyonothamnus floribundus subsp. floribundus

Higher Taxonomy
Family: RosaceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Common Name: ROSE FAMILY
Habit: Annual to tree, glandular or not. Leaf: simple to palmately or pinnately compound, generally alternate; stipules free to fused (0), persistent to deciduous. Inflorescence: cyme, raceme, panicle, cluster, or flowers 1; bractlets on pedicel ("pedicel bractlets") generally 0--3(many), subtended by bract or generally not. Flower: generally bisexual, radial; hypanthium free or fused to ovary, saucer- to funnel-shaped, subtending bractlets ("hypanthium bractlets") 0--5, alternate sepals; sepals generally 5; petals generally 5, free; stamens (0,1)5--many, anther pollen sacs generally 2; pistils (0)1--many, simple or compound, ovary superior to inferior, styles 1--5. Fruit: 1--many per flower, achene (fleshy-coated or not), follicle, drupe, or pome with generally papery core, occasionally drupe-like with 1--5 stones. Seed: generally 1--5 (per fruit, not per flower).
Genera In Family: 110 genera, +- 3000 species: worldwide, especially temperate; many cultivated for ornamental, fruit, especially Cotoneaster, Fragaria, Malus, Prunus, Pyracantha, Rosa, Rubus. Note: Number of teeth is per leaf or leaflet, not per side of leaf or leaflet, except in Drymocallis.
eFlora Treatment Author: Daniel Potter & Barbara Ertter, family description, key to genera; treatment of genera by Daniel Potter, except as noted
Scientific Editor: Daniel Potter, Thomas J. Rosatti.
Genus: LyonothamnusView Description 


Species In Genus: 1 sp. Etymology: (Greek: Lyon's shrub, for W.S. Lyon, early resident of Los Angeles)
eFlora Treatment Author: Steve Junak & Dieter H. Wilken
Species: Lyonothamnus floribundusView Description 

Habit: Tree, evergreen. Stem: trunk bark gray to red-brown, peeling in strips. Leaf: opposite, simple or compound; stipules deciduous; petiole 1--3 cm; blade +- gray abaxially, dark shiny green adaxially. Inflorescence: panicle, generally flat-topped; pedicel bractlets 1--3, at top. Flower: hypanthium bell-shaped, tomentose, bractlets 0; sepals persistent; petals +- round, white; stamens +- 15; pistils 2, ovary superior, style stout, stigma +- head-like. Fruit: follicles 2, 3--4 mm, woody. Seed: 1--4, +- 2 mm, compressed, +- brown.
Note: Subspecies hybridize in cultivation; endemic to ChI.

Lyonothamnus floribundus A. Gray subsp. floribundus
Habit: Plant 5--15 m. Leaf: 7--17 cm, linear to oblong, generally entire (crenate to irregularly lobed). Chromosomes: 2n=+-48.
Ecology: Rocky slopes, canyons, oak woodland, chaparral; Elevation: 100--500 m. Bioregional Distribution: s ChI (Santa Catalina Island). Flowering Time: May--Jun Note: Threatened by feral animals. Seedling leaves often compound.
eFlora Treatment Author: Steve Junak & Dieter H. Wilken
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Citation for this treatment: Steve Junak & Dieter H. Wilken 2016. Lyonothamnus floribundus subsp. floribundus, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on April 30, 2016.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora,, accessed on April 30, 2016.

Geographic subdivisions for Lyonothamnus floribundus subsp. floribundus:
s ChI (Santa Catalina Island).
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