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Aubrieta deltoidea

Higher Taxonomy
Family: Brassicaceae (Cruciferae)View DescriptionDichotomous Key
Habit: Annual to shrub; sap pungent, watery. Leaf: generally simple, alternate; generally both basal, cauline; stipules 0. Inflorescence: generally raceme, generally not bracted. Flower: bisexual, generally radial; sepals 4, generally free; petals (0)4, forming a cross, generally white or yellow to purple; stamens generally 6 (2 or 4), 4 long, 2 short (3 pairs of unequal length); ovary 1, superior, generally 2-chambered with septum connecting 2 parietal placentas; style 1, stigma entire or 2-lobed. Fruit: capsule, generally 2-valved, "silique" (length >= 3 × width) or "silicle" (length < 3 × width), dehiscent by 2 valves or indehiscent, cylindric or flat parallel or perpendicular to septum, segmented or not. Seed: 1--many, in 1 or 2 rows per chamber, winged or wingless; embryo strongly curved.
Genera In Family: +- 330 genera, 3780 species: worldwide, especially temperate. Note: Highest diversity in Mediterranean area, mountains of southwestern Asia, adjacent central Asia, western North America; some Brassica species are oil or vegetable crops; Arabidopsis thaliana used in experimental molecular biology; many species are ornamentals, weeds. Aurinia saxatilis (L.) Desvaux in cultivation only. Aubrieta occasional waif in central NCoR, Carrichtera annua (L.) DC. in SCo, Iberis sempervirens L., Iberis umbellata L. in PR, Teesdalia coronopifolia (Bergeret) Thell., Teesdalia nudicaulis (L.) W.T. Aiton in southern NCoRO, CCo. Cardaria, Coronopus moved to Lepidium; Caulostramina to Hesperidanthus; Guillenia to Caulanthus; Heterodraba to Athysanus; California taxa of Lesquerella to Physaria; Malcolmia africana to Strigosella.
eFlora Treatment Author: Ihsan A. Al-Shehbaz, except as noted
Scientific Editor: Douglas H. Goldman, Bruce G. Baldwin.
Genus: AubrietaView Description 

Habit: Perennial herb, cespitose to prostrate; caudex many-branched; smaller hairs stellate, coarser simple or stalked-forked. Leaf: cauline petioled, dentate or entire, not basally lobed. Inflorescence: flowers many, terminal. Flower: sepal base sac-like; petals purple to pink (white), long-clawed; filaments of outer pair dentate-appendaged at base. Fruit: dehiscent, unsegmented, flat parallel to septum or cylindric; valves hairy. Seed: in 2 rows per chamber, wingless.
Species In Genus: 15 species: southern Europe, southwestern Asia. Etymology: (C. Aubriet, French artist, 1663--1743)
eFlora Treatment Author: Ihsan A. Al-Shehbaz
Aubrieta deltoidea (L.) DC.
Habit: Forming mats or cushions, densely hairy. Stem: branched proximally, prostrate to ascending, 0.7--3(5) dm. Leaf: basal and cauline spoon-shaped to obovate, entire to coarsely dentate. Flower: sepals 6--10 mm; petals (10)15--28 mm, 4--7(8) mm wide, purple to violet (white). Fruit: silique, 7--20(28) mm, 2--4(4.8) mm wide, cylindric or +- flat, hairs bristly; style 4--12 mm; pedicel erect to ascending, 5--12(16) mm. Seed: 1.2--1.6 mm, ovoid. Chromosomes: 2n=16.
Ecology: Open, disturbed area; Elevation: +- 2000 m. Bioregional Distribution: NCoRH (Hull Mtn); Distribution Outside California: native to Europe. Flowering Time: Apr--Jun
Unabridged Note: Collected once in 1950s, from stone steps leading to fire lookout house on Hull Mtn.
Jepson eFlora Author: Ihsan A. Al-Shehbaz
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Citation for this treatment: Ihsan A. Al-Shehbaz 2012, Aubrieta deltoidea, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on August 18, 2019.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2019, Jepson eFlora,, accessed on August 18, 2019.

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