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Eucrypta chrysanthemifolia var. chrysanthemifolia

Higher Taxonomy
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: EucryptaView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Annual, glandular, sticky, odorous. Stem: erect, much-branched. Leaf: 1--3-pinnate-lobed; lower cauline opposite, petioled, upper alternate, upward smaller, sessile, clasping; petioles generally narrow-winged, ciliate. Inflorescence: terminal or axillary; pedicels thread-like, elongate in fruit. Flower: calyx < 1/2-fused, bell-shaped, glandular, lobes oblong to ovate to spoon-shaped, ciliate; corolla bell-shaped, generally >= calyx, with or without V-shaped transverse fold between each pair of filaments below throat; stamens included, equal, equally attached; ovary chamber 1 (or appearing +- 5 from complex, enlarged placenta), ovules on both sides of placenta, style 1, stigmas 2. Fruit: capsule, ovoid to spheric, bristly. Seed: 5--15.
Species In Genus: 2 species: southwestern United States. Etymology: (Greek: well hidden, from seeds)
eFlora Treatment Author: Robert Patterson & Richard R. Halse
Species: Eucrypta chrysanthemifoliaView Description 

Stem: erect to spreading, < 9 dm. Leaf: lower 2--10 cm, 1--5 cm wide, petioles < 1/2 blade, widened, clasping, blade oblong to wide-ovate, 2--3-pinnate-lobed, lobes obtuse, upper leaves smaller, narrower, less lobed, bases clasping. Inflorescence: flowers 4--15 per branch; pedicels generally recurved in fruit. Flower: calyx 2--4 mm, lobes spreading, not enclosing fruit; corolla 2--6 mm, V-shaped fold 0, lobes hairy abaxially; style < 3 mm. Fruit: 2--4 mm wide. Seed: 6--8, dark brown, of 2 kinds, elliptic or round, disk-like, smooth and oblong-ovoid, wrinkled.

Eucrypta chrysanthemifolia (Benth.) Greene var. chrysanthemifolia
Stem: erect, stout. Leaf: lower 2--10 cm, 1--5 cm wide, lobes 9--13. Inflorescence: flowers 8--15 per branch. Flower: corolla 3--6 mm, 4--8 mm wide, > calyx, yellow-white; style 1--3 mm. Chromosomes: n=10.
Ecology: Roadsides, burns, coastal bluffs, ravines; Elevation: < 1000 m. Bioregional Distribution: s SNF, Teh, s SnJV, CW, SW; Distribution Outside California: Baja California. Flowering Time: Mar--Jun
Synonyms: Eucrypta paniculata Nutt.; Ellisia chrysanthemifolia Benth.; Macrocalyx chrysanthemifolius (Benth.) O. Kuntze; Eucrypta foliosa Nutt.; Ellisia torreyi A. Gray var. paniculata Brand; Ellisia torreyi var. orcuttii A. Gray
eFlora Treatment Author: Robert Patterson & Richard R. Halse
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Citation for this treatment: Robert Patterson & Richard R. Halse 2017. Eucrypta chrysanthemifolia var. chrysanthemifolia, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on April 28, 2017.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2017. Jepson eFlora,, accessed on April 28, 2017.

Geographic subdivisions for Eucrypta chrysanthemifolia var. chrysanthemifolia:
s SNF, Teh, s SnJV, CW, SW;
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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