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Plectritis congesta subsp. brachystemon

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Family: ValerianaceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Annual, perennial herb, occasionally strongly scented, odor generally unpleasant. Leaf: simple to pinnately lobed or compound; petioles generally sheathing; basal +- whorled; cauline opposite, petioled to sessile. Inflorescence: cyme, panicle, or head-like, generally +- dense. Flower: generally bisexual; calyx fused to ovary tip, limb 0 or lobes generally 5--15, coiled inward, plumose in age, pappus-like, spreading in fruit; corolla radial to 2-lipped, lobes generally 5, throat generally > lobes, > tube, base generally spurred or swollen, tube slender, long or short; stamens generally 1--3, fused to petals; ovary inferior, chamber generally 1, or occasionally 3 but 2 empty or vestigial. Fruit: achene, smooth, ribbed, or winged.
Genera In Family: +- 17 genera, 300 species: generally temperate, worldwide except Australia. Some species cultivated (Centranthus), some medicinal (Valeriana).
eFlora Treatment Author: Abigail J. Moore & Lauramay T. Dempster, except as noted
Scientific Editor: Douglas H. Goldman, Bruce G. Baldwin.
Genus: PlectritisView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Annual, glabrous to subglabrous. Stem: generally erect, 5--80 cm, ×-section generally angled, branches 0--few. Leaf: simple, basal and cauline, opposite, generally entire; basal short-petioled, spoon-shaped; cauline generally sessile, oblong to ovate or obovate. Inflorescence: clustered, head-like or interrupted spike, terminal; bracts palmately divided into 3--5 linear segments. Flower: calyx 0; corolla 2-lipped to +- radial and funnel-shaped, white to dark pink, tube base generally spurred; stamens 3. Fruit: achene; body +- triangular, 2--4 mm, strongly winged or not, wings lateral, wide, +- glabrous to densely hairy.
Species In Genus: 5 species: western North America, southwestern South America. Etymology: (Greek: spur) Note: Self-fertile; large-flowered taxa cross- and self-pollinated, small flowered taxa self-pollinated only. Wing shape, color, hairiness vary in some species.
eFlora Treatment Author: Abigail J. Moore
Species: Plectritis congestaView Description 

Fruit: convex side keeled lengthwise, grooves few, small; winged or not, wings hairy near tip, near margins, or +- throughout, margin as thick as wing body. Chromosomes: 2n=32.

Plectritis congesta subsp. brachystemon (Fisch. & C.A. Mey.) Morey
Flower: corolla 1.5--3.5 mm, uniformly white to pink, +- radial to +- 2-lipped; spur a minute swelling, or slender, tip generally enlarged; undehisced anthers <= 0.7 mm.
Ecology: Common. Coastal bluffs, open, partly shaded slopes; Elevation: < 1900 m. Bioregional Distribution: CA-FP, MP; Distribution Outside California: to British Columbia. Flowering Time: Mar--Jun
Synonyms: Plectritis brachystemon Fisch. & C.A. Mey.; Plectritis congesta subsp. nitida (A. Heller) Morey; Plectritis magna (Greene) Suksd. var. nitida (A. Heller) Dyal
eFlora Treatment Author: Abigail J. Moore
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Citation for this treatment: Abigail J. Moore 2016. Plectritis congesta subsp. brachystemon, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on February 10, 2016.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora,, accessed on February 10, 2016.

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