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|Family: Lamiaceae (Labiatae)||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
|Genus: Monardella||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
|Species: Monardella villosa||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
Monardella villosa subsp. franciscana (Elmer) Jokerst
Habit: Plant matted to erect, open; generally densely matted-white-woolly or hairs +- 0. Leaf: thick, ovate to widely triangular-ovate, entire to serrate, base generally truncate; abaxially hairy to white-woolly (appearing white or green), veins sunken. Inflorescence: flower cluster 15--40 mm wide, many-flowered.
Ecology: Coastal scrub, woodland; Elevation: < 400 m. Bioregional Distribution: s NCo, n CCo, SnFrB (San Mateo, Santa Clara cos.). Flowering Time: May--Aug
Synonyms: Monardella franciscana Elmer; Monardella villosa var. franciscana (Elmer) Jeps.
Unabridged Note: Distributed on the coast from Mendocino Co. (Point Arena area) to San Mateo Co. (+- Pescadero Point). In Mendocino Co., leaf shape and thickness are typical for this subsp.; however, abaxial hairiness ranges from sparsely hairy to woolly. A variant in Sonoma Co. between the Russian River and the Mendocino Co. line, has thin, sparsely hairy leaves. At the mouth of the Russian River this variant coexists with the typical thick, woolly-leaved form of Monardella villosa subsp. franciscana. Small-leaved variants occur inland at Mount St. Helena, Cazadero (where they are sympatric and possibly intergrading with Monardella viridis), and Telegraph Hill (Sonoma Co.). From Marin Co. to San Mateo Co., generally thick-leaved, woolly plants occur on the immediate coast, with less hairy and smaller-leaved variants further inland, except on San Bruno Mtn (San Mateo Co.), where the typical coastal variant occurs. Purple-leaved variants, resembling Monardella purpurea, occur on serpentine soil in the Portola/Woodside area (San Mateo Co.).
eFlora Treatment Author: Andrew C. Sanders, Mark A. Elvin & Mark S. Brunell
Jepson Online Interchange
Previous taxon: Monardella villosa
Next taxon: Monardella villosa subsp. obispoensis
Citation for this treatment: Andrew C. Sanders, Mark A. Elvin & Mark S. Brunell 2017. Monardella villosa subsp. franciscana, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/eflora/eflora_display.php?tid=51626, accessed on March 23, 2017.
Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2017. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/eflora/, accessed on March 23, 2017.