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Epilobium torreyi

Higher Taxonomy
Family: OnagraceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Annual to perennial herb (to tree). Leaf: cauline or basal, alternate, opposite, or whorled, generally simple and toothed (to pinnately compound); stipules 0 or generally deciduous. Inflorescence: spike, raceme, panicle, or flowers 1 in axils; bracted. Flower: generally bisexual, generally radial, often opening at either dawn or dusk; hypanthium generally prolonged beyond ovary (measured from ovary tip to sepal base); sepals 4(2--7); petals 4(2--7, rarely 0), often fading darker; stamens 2 × or = sepals in number, anthers 2-chambered, opening lengthwise, pollen interconnected by threads; ovary inferior, chambers generally as many as sepals (sometimes becoming 1), placentas axile or parietal, ovules 1--many per chamber, style 1, stigma 4-lobed (or lobes as many as sepals), club-shaped, spheric, or hemispheric. Fruit: capsule, loculicidal (sometimes berry or indehiscent and nut-like). Seed: sometimes winged or hair-tufted.
Genera In Family: 22 genera, +- 657 species: worldwide, especially western North America; many cultivated (Clarkia, Epilobium, Fuchsia, Oenothera). Note: Gaura moved to Oenothera. Fuchsia magellanica Lam. naturalized in northern California.
eFlora Treatment Author: Warren L. Wagner & Peter C. Hoch, family description, key to genera; treatment of genera by Warren L. Wagner, except as noted
Scientific Editor: Robert Patterson, Bruce G. Baldwin.
Genus: EpilobiumView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Annual to subshrub. Leaf: generally opposite proximally (or clustered in axils), generally +- fine-toothed; veins generally obscure. Inflorescence: generally raceme, bracted. Flower: radial or rarely +- bilateral; sepals 4, erect; petals 4, notched; stamens 8, anthers attached at middle, pollen grains generally shed in 4s, cream-yellow; ovary chambers 4, stigma generally club-like, occasionally 4-lobed. Fruit: straight, cylindric to club-like. Seed: generally in 1 row per chamber, generally with white, deciduous hair-tuft.
Species In Genus: 165 species: worldwide except tropics. Etymology: (Greek: upon pod, from inferior ovary) Note: Incl Boisduvalia, Zauschneria. Most taxa polyploid; many with anthers +- = stigma self-pollinated; many hybrids. Taxa with alternate leaves moved to Chamerion.
eFlora Treatment Author: Peter C. Hoch

Epilobium torreyi (S. Watson) Hoch & P.H. Raven
Habit: Annual 0.4--6.5 dm, taprooted, +- gray spreading-hairy, peeling proximally. Leaf: opposite only near base (where glabrous), +- sessile, 5--45 mm, +- lance-linear, hairy. Inflorescence: glandular, bracts leaf-like. Flower: generally cleistogamous; hypanthium 0.4--1 mm; sepals 0.7--2 mm; petals 1--3.2 mm, pink or white; stigma club-like or rarely 4-lobed. Fruit: sessile, 8--14 mm, cylindric, beaked, flexible, dehiscent to base; axis disintegrating. Seed: 0.9--1.6 mm, netted; hair-tuft 0. Chromosomes: 2n=18.
Ecology: Seasonally moist streambanks, seeps, roadside ditches; Elevation: 50--2600 m. Bioregional Distribution: NW (exc NCo), CaR, SN, GV, SnFrB, SCoRO, MP, sw DMoj; Distribution Outside California: to British Columbia, Idaho, northern Nevada. Flowering Time: May--Aug
Synonyms: Boisduvalia stricta (A. Gray) Greene; Boisduvalia torreyi (S. Watson) S. Watson
eFlora Treatment Author: Peter C. Hoch
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Citation for this treatment: Peter C. Hoch 2016. Epilobium torreyi, 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.

Epilobium torreyi
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© 2004 Carol W. Witham
Epilobium torreyi
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© 2010 Barry Breckling
Epilobium torreyi
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© 2010 Barry Breckling

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Geographic subdivisions for Epilobium torreyi:
NW (exc NCo), CaR, SN, GV, SnFrB, SCoRO, MP, sw DMoj;
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