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Abronia villosa var. aurita

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Family: NyctaginaceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Annual, perennial herb, subshrub, [shrub, tree], glabrous or hairy. Stem: often forked. Leaf: opposite, sessile or petioled, pairs generally unequal; blade generally entire. Inflorescence: generally forked; spike, head-like cluster, or umbel, flowers rarely 1, bracts forming a calyx-like involucre or not. Flower: bisexual, generally +- radial (bilateral), sometimes cleistogamous in some genera; perianth of 1 whorl, generally petal-like, bell- to trumpet-shaped, base hardened, tightly surrounding ovary in fruit, lobes 3--5, generally notched to +- lobed; stamens 1--many; ovary superior (appearing inferior due to hardened perianth base), style 1. Fruit: achene in hardened perianth base; round to +- flat; smooth, angled, ribbed, or winged; glabrous, hairy, or glandular.
Genera In Family: 30 genera, 350 species: warm regions, especially America; some ornamental (Bougainvillea; Mirabilis, four o'clock).
eFlora Treatment Author: Andy Murdock, except as noted
Scientific Editor: Thomas J. Rosatti.
Genus: AbroniaView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Annual, perennial herb, generally glandular. Stem: prostrate to ascending, generally +- red. Leaf: generally fleshy, petioled. Inflorescence: head or umbel; flowers maturing outer before inner or +- simultaneously; receptacle conic, +- smooth; bracts 5--10. Flower: perianth salverform to trumpet-shaped, generally fragrant, lobes 4--5; stamens 4--5, included; stigma linear, included. Fruit: body fusiform; wings (0)2--5, lobe-like, prominent, opaque, thick, not continuous above fruit body.
Species In Genus: 25 species: western North America. Etymology: (Greek: graceful) Note: Closely related to Tripterocalyx; relationships among species Abronia gracilis Benth. (Mexico), Abronia maritima, Abronia umbellata, and Abronia villosa need study; hybrids involve Abronia latifolia, Abronia maritima, Abronia umbellata; Abronia gracilis included in TJM (1993) based on misidentifications.
Species: Abronia villosaView Description 

Habit: Annual, glandular-hairy. Stem: prostrate to ascending, < 80 cm. Leaf: petiole 0.5--5 cm; blade 1--5 cm, 1--4.5 cm wide, triangular-ovate to +- round. Inflorescence: peduncle 2--10 cm; bracts 3--11 mm, lanceolate to narrowly ovate; flowers 15--35. Flower: perianth tube 1.3--3.5 cm, +- pink, throat with white spot, limb 6--18 mm wide, pale to bright magenta. Fruit: 5--10 mm, body with prominent raised veins, top with hardened beak (base of floral tube); wings 3--5, thin, rounded or angled, or 0.

Abronia villosa var. aurita (Abrams) Jeps.
Flower: perianth tube 2--3.5 cm, limb (1)1.5--1.8 cm wide. Fruit: body nearly smooth; wings exceeding body.
Ecology: Sandy places in coastal-sage scrub, chaparral; Elevation: < 1600 m. Bioregional Distribution: c&s SCo, w DSon. Flowering Time: Mar--Aug
eFlora Treatment Author: Andy Murdock
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Citation for this treatment: Andy Murdock 2016. Abronia villosa var. aurita, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on October 27, 2016.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora,, accessed on October 27, 2016.

Abronia villosa var. aurita
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Abronia villosa var. aurita
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Abronia villosa var. aurita
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© 2013 Keir Morse
Abronia villosa var. aurita
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© 2013 Keir Morse
Abronia villosa var. aurita
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Abronia villosa var. aurita
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© 2013 Keir Morse

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Geographic subdivisions for Abronia villosa var. aurita:
c&s SCo, w DSon.
Markers link to CCH specimen records. Yellow markers indicate records that may provide evidence for eFlora range revision or may have georeferencing or identification issues. Purple markers indicate specimens collected from a garden, greenhouse, or other non-wild location.
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(Note: any qualifiers in the taxon distribution description, such as 'northern', 'southern', 'adjacent' etc., are not reflected in the map above, and in some cases indication of a taxon in a subdivision is based on a single collection or author-verified occurence).

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