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Allionia incarnata var. villosa

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Family: NyctaginaceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Annual, perennial herb, subshrub, [shrub, tree], glabrous or hairy. Stem: often forked. Leaf: opposite, sessile or petioled, pairs generally unequal; blade generally entire. Inflorescence: generally forked; spike, head-like cluster, or umbel, flowers rarely 1, bracts forming a calyx-like involucre or not. Flower: bisexual, generally +- radial (bilateral), sometimes cleistogamous in some genera; perianth of 1 whorl, generally petal-like, bell- to trumpet-shaped, base hardened, tightly surrounding ovary in fruit, lobes 3--5, generally notched to +- lobed; stamens 1--many; ovary superior (appearing inferior due to hardened perianth base), style 1. Fruit: achene in hardened perianth base; round to +- flat; smooth, angled, ribbed, or winged; glabrous, hairy, or glandular.
Genera In Family: 30 genera, 350 species: warm regions, especially America; some ornamental (Bougainvillea; Mirabilis, four o'clock).
eFlora Treatment Author: Andy Murdock, except as noted
Scientific Editor: Thomas J. Rosatti.
Genus: AllioniaView Description 

Common Name: WINDMILLS
Habit: Annual, short-lived perennial herb, glabrous to densely glandular-hairy. Stem: trailing, < 1 m. Leaf: petioled; blade < 4 cm, ovate to oblong, paler below. Inflorescence: head, 3-flowered but resembling 1 flower; bracts 3, free to +- 1/2 fused, forming involucre resembling 1 calyx, hairy; flowers 3 in 1 involucre, blooming +- together. Flower: strongly bilateral (entire 3-flowered head +- radial); stamens generally 4(7), exserted; stigma +- spheric, exserted. Fruit: bilateral.
Species In Genus: 2 species: America. Etymology: (C. Allioni, Italian botanist, 1725--1804)
Species: Allionia incarnataView Description 

Flower: perianth tube funnel-shaped, limb 3--15 mm, lobes 3, notched, oblique, red-purple. Fruit: 2.5--6 mm, compressed, bilateral, adaxially convex, abaxially +- flat, with 2 rows of sticky glands; 2 lateral wings strongly incurved abaxially, entire or with 3--5 irregular teeth. Chromosomes: 2n=40.
Note: Varieties +- intergrade where geography overlaps.

Allionia incarnata var. villosa (Standl.) Munz
Stem: glandular-puberulent, generally densely long-hairy. Leaf: long-hairy, upper leaves +- not reduced. Fruit: generally 4--6 mm.
Ecology: Creosote-bush scrub; Elevation: 100--1200 m. Bioregional Distribution: D; Distribution Outside California: Nevada, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Mexico. Flowering Time: Mar--Sep
eFlora Treatment Author: Andy Murdock
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Citation for this treatment: Andy Murdock 2016. Allionia incarnata var. villosa, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on April 30, 2016.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora,, accessed on April 30, 2016.

Allionia incarnata var. villosa
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Allionia incarnata var. villosa
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Allionia incarnata var. villosa
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Allionia incarnata var. villosa
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Allionia incarnata var. villosa
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© 2012 Keir Morse
Allionia incarnata var. villosa
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© 2012 Keir Morse

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