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Chlorogalum purpureum var. reductum

Higher Taxonomy
Family: AgavaceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Perennial herb, shrub, tree, fibrous succulent or not, from bulbs or rhizomes. Stem: above ground or not, branched or not. Leaf: simple, deciduous or not, basal or in terminal rosettes, generally sessile, linear, lanceolate, oblanceolate or ovate, fibrous or not, thin and flexible or thick and rigid or succulent; margin entire, fine-serrate, dentate, or with filaments, tips rigid or flexible, with a spine or not. Flower: bisexual; perianth parts 6, in 2 petal-like whorls, free or +- fused; stamens 6, +- fused to perianth, filaments often wide, succulent; ovary superior or inferior, chambers 3, style 1 (thick, poorly defined), stigma head-like or 3-lobed. Fruit: capsule, indehiscent, loculicidal, or septicidal. Seed: few to many, +- flat or ovoid, generally black.
Genera In Family: 23 genera, 637 species: worldwide.
eFlora Treatment Author: Dale W. McNeal, except as noted
Scientific Editor: Dale W. McNeal, Thomas J. Rosatti.
Genus: ChlorogalumView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Perennial herb; bulb ovoid to +- elongate, outer coat white to brown, often fibrous; generally not heterostylous. Leaf: basal, linear. Inflorescence: panicle, peduncled; flowers, buds 1--several per node; bracts scarious. Flower: perianth parts 6 in 2 petal-like whorls, free, white, purple, or +- pink, twisted together above ovary in fruit; stamens 6, attached to base of perianth, anthers attached at middle; ovary superior, chambers 3, style thread-like, deciduous, stigma +- 3-lobed. Fruit: stalked, loculicidal. Seed: 1--2 per chamber, ovoid, black.
Species In Genus: 5 species: western North America, especially California. Etymology: (Greek: green milk or juice)
eFlora Treatment Author: Judith A. Jernstedt
Species: Chlorogalum purpureumView Description 

Habit: Bulb 2.5--3 cm; scales white to brown, membranous. Leaf: basal, 2--5 mm wide, linear, margin wavy. Inflorescence: 10--40 cm; branches few; pedicels 4--10 mm, generally > flowers, slender. Flower: open during day; perianth parts recurved, 5--7 mm, deep blue to purple; stamens +- = perianth, anthers +- 1 mm, yellow; style exserted, 5--6 mm. Fruit: +- 3 mm.
Note: Varieties intergrade but apparently retain distinctions in common garden experiments, produce fertile seed when artificially crossed.

Chlorogalum purpureum var. reductum Hoover
Inflorescence: 10--20 cm.
Ecology: Serpentine woodland; Elevation: +- 600 m. Bioregional Distribution: se SCoRO (ne La Panza Range, San Luis Obispo Co.). Flowering Time: May--Jun
eFlora Treatment Author: Judith A. Jernstedt
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Citation for this treatment: Judith A. Jernstedt 2016. Chlorogalum purpureum var. reductum, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on May 05, 2016.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora,, accessed on May 05, 2016.

Chlorogalum purpureum var. reductum
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© 1998 Robert E. Preston, Ph.D.

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Geographic subdivisions for Chlorogalum purpureum var. reductum:
se SCoRO (ne La Panza Range, San Luis Obispo Co.).
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