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Alyogyne huegelii
BLUE HIBISCUS

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Family: MalvaceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Common Name: MALLOW FAMILY
Habit: Annual to tree; generally with stellate hairs, often with bristles or peltate scales; juice generally mucilage-like; bark fibrous. Leaf: generally cauline, alternate, petioled, simple [palmate-compound], generally palmate-lobed and/or veined, generally toothed, evergreen or not; stipules persistent or not. Inflorescence: head, spike, raceme, or panicle, in panicle or not (a compound panicle), or flowers >= 1 in leaf axils, or flowers generally 1 opposite a leaf or on a spur; bracts leaf-like or not; bractlets 0 or on flowering stalks, often closely subtending calyx, generally in involucel. Flower: generally bisexual, radial; sepals 5, generally fused at base, abutting in bud, larger in fruit or not, nectaries as tufts of glandular hairs at base; petals (0)5, free from each other but generally fused at base to, falling with filament tube, clawed or not; stamens 5--many, filaments fused for most of length into tube around style, staminodes 5, alternate stamens, or generally 0; pistil 1, ovary superior, stalked or generally not, chambers generally >= 5, styles or style branches, stigmas generally 1 or 1--2 × chamber number. Fruit: loculicidal capsule, [berry], or 5--many, disk- or wedge-shaped segments (= mericarps).
Genera In Family: 266 genera, 4025 species: worldwide, especially warm regions; some cultivated (e.g., Abelmoschus okra; Alcea hollyhock; Gossypium cotton; Hibiscus hibiscus). Note: Recently treated to include Bombacaceae, Sterculiaceae, Tiliaceae. Mature fruit needed for identification; "outer edges" are surfaces between sides and back (abaxial surface) of segment. "Flower stalk" used instead of "pedicel," "peduncle," especially where both needed (i.e., when flowers both 1 in leaf axils and otherwise).
eFlora Treatment Author: Steven R. Hill, except as noted
Scientific Editor: Steven R. Hill, Thomas J. Rosatti.
Genus: AlyogyneView Description 

Habit: Perennial herb, subshrub. Stem: generally 1--2.5 m, erect, leafy. Leaf: blade generally with short stellate hairs, lobes [3]5--7, deep. Inflorescence: flowers 1 in leaf axils; bracts leaf-like; involucel lobes 6, < sepals, linear, persistent. Flower: showy, generally white, yellow, blue, or lilac-blue to purple; anthers at generally upper 2/3 of filament tube; styles fused, stigmas lobed. Fruit: capsule, loculicidal, 5-chambered. Seed: several.
Species In Genus: 5 species: Australia. Etymology: (Greek: alytos - united, gyne- woman - referring to undivided style)

Alyogyne huegelii (Endl.) Fryxell
WAIF
Habit: Subshrub, shrub, to 2 m, evergreen. Stem: stellate-hairy especially in youth. Leaf: blade generally 2--7 cm, lobes irregularly toothed, lobed. Flower: 7--10 cm diam, generally lilac-blue; calyx stellate-canescent. Fruit: 2 cm, ovoid. Chromosomes: 2n=64.
Ecology: Scarce. Disturbed, generally urban places; Elevation: especially < 400 m. Bioregional Distribution: SCo; Distribution Outside California: native to Australia. Flowering Time: Jun--Jan Note: Increasingly cultivated as ornamental, evidently escaping.
eFlora Treatment Author: Steven R. Hill
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Citation for this treatment: Steven R. Hill 2016. Alyogyne huegelii, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=91801, accessed on February 08, 2016.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on February 08, 2016.


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