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Eriodictyon crassifolium var. nigrescens

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Family: BoraginaceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Annual to shrub or small tree, or non-green root parasite, often bristly or sharp-hairy. Stem: prostrate to erect. Leaf: basal and/or cauline, generally simple, generally alternate. Inflorescence: generally cymes, or panicle-, raceme-, head-, or spike-like, generally coiled in flower (often described as scorpioid), generally elongating in fruit, or flowers 1--2 per axil. Flower: bisexual, generally radial; sepals (4)5(10), fused at least at base, or free; corolla (4)5(10)-lobed, salverform, funnel-shaped, rotate, or bell-shaped, generally without scales at tube base, with 0 or 5 appendages at tube top, alternate stamens; stamens epipetalous; ovary generally superior, entire to 4-lobed, style 1(2), entire or 2-lobed or -branched. Fruit: valvate or circumscissile capsule or nutlets 1--4, free (fused), smooth to roughened, prickly or bristly or not.
Genera In Family: +- 120 genera, +- 2300 species: tropics, temperate, especially western North America, Mediterranean; some cultivated (Borago, Heliotropium, Echium, Myosotis, Nemophila, Phacelia, Symphytum, Wigandia). Toxicity: Many genera may be TOXIC from pyrrolizidine alkaloids or accumulated nitrates. Note: Recently treated to include Hydrophyllaceae, Lennoaceae. Wigandia urens added, as naturalized.
eFlora Treatment Author: Ronald B. Kelley, Robert Patterson, Richard R. Halse & Timothy C. Messick, family description, key to genera, treatment of genera by Ronald B. Kelley, except as noted
Scientific Editor: Ronald B. Kelley, Robert Patterson, Thomas J. Rosatti, Bruce G. Baldwin, David J. Keil.
Genus: EriodictyonView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Common Name: YERBA SANTA
Habit: Perennial herb to shrub. Stem: prostrate to ascending or erect; bark shredding. Leaf: cauline, alternate. Inflorescence: generally open, terminal. Flower: corolla funnel- to urn-shaped, white, lavender, or purple, generally hairy abaxially; stamens included, filaments generally hairy; ovary chambers 2, styles 2, generally hairy. Fruit: 1--3 mm wide; valves 4. Seed: striate, dark brown or black.
Species In Genus: 11 species: southwestern United States, Mexico. Etymology: (Greek: erio, wool, plus dictyon, net, from abaxial leaves)
eFlora Treatment Author: Gary L. Hannan
Species: Eriodictyon crassifoliumView Description 

Habit: Shrub. Stem: 1--3 m; twigs dense-tomentose. Leaf: petiole 3--15 mm; blade 3--17 cm, 1--4 cm wide, lanceolate to ovate, +- entire to coarse-toothed, adaxially sparse-hairy to dense-tomentose, abaxially tomentose. Flower: calyx lobes 2--4 mm, dense-long-hairy; corolla 6--16 mm, funnel-shaped, lavender, abaxially dense-hairy; styles 3--8 mm. Seed: 8--14. Chromosomes: n=14.
Note: Varieties intergrade, +- distinguished by stem, leaf hairs.

Eriodictyon crassifolium var. nigrescens Brand
Stem: dull +- green, moderate-hairy, sticky, brown, hairs short. Leaf: lanceolate, sticky between hairs, adaxially sparse- to moderate-short-hairy, dull +- green, abaxially tomentose, +- green, net-veined. Flower: corolla 6--10 mm.
Ecology: Slopes, roadsides, washes, river bottoms, mesas, chaparral, woodland; Elevation: 100--2440 m. Bioregional Distribution: Teh (rare), SCoRO, SCo, WTR, SnGb, SnJt. Flowering Time: Apr--Jul
Synonyms: Eriodictyon crassifolium var. denudatum Abrams
eFlora Treatment Author: Gary L. Hannan
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Citation for this treatment: Gary L. Hannan 2017. Eriodictyon crassifolium var. nigrescens, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, Revision 4,, accessed on April 23, 2017.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2017. Jepson eFlora,, accessed on April 23, 2017.

Eriodictyon crassifolium var. nigrescens
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© 2003 Christopher L. Christie
Eriodictyon crassifolium var. nigrescens
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© 1996 Christopher L. Christie

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Geographic subdivisions for Eriodictyon crassifolium var. nigrescens:
Teh (rare), SCoRO, SCo, WTR, SnGb, SnJt.
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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Duplicates counted once; synonyms included.
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