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Peritoma platycarpa
GOLDEN BEE PLANT

Higher Taxonomy
Family: CleomaceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Common Name: SPIDERFLOWER FAMILY
Habit: Annual, perennial herb, shrub, often ill-smelling. Leaf: generally 1-palmate, generally alternate, generally petioled; stipules generally minute, often bristle-like or hairy; leaflets 0 or 3--7. Inflorescence: raceme, head, or flowers 1, expanded in fruit; bracts generally 3-parted below, simple above, or 0. Flower: generally bisexual, radial to +- bilateral; sepals generally 4, free or fused, generally persistent; petals generally 4, free, +- clawed; stamens generally 6, free, exserted, anthers generally coiling at dehiscence; ovary superior, generally on stalk-like receptacle, chamber generally 1, placentas generally 2, parietal, style 1, persistent, stigma generally minute, +- head-like. Fruit: 2 nutlets or generally capsule, septicidal; valves generally 2, deciduous, leaving septum (frame-like placentas) behind; pedicel generally +- reflexed to spreading.
Genera In Family: 17 genera, +- 150 species: widespread tropics to arid temperate. Note: Treated as Capparaceae in TJM (1993).
eFlora Treatment Author: Robert E. Preston & Staria S. Vanderpool
Scientific Editor: Thomas J. Rosatti.
Genus: PeritomaView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Common Name: BEE PLANT
Habit: Annual, shrub, glabrous to densely glandular-hairy. Stem: generally branched from upper nodes. Leaf: petiole 5--45 mm; leaflets 3--5. Inflorescence: raceme, terminal, generally 1--4 cm, generally 5--40 cm in fruit; pedicels 4--20 mm. Flower: often +- unisexual (stamens or pistils vestigial), +- bilateral, parts generally yellow; sepals free or fused, deciduous above base; petal claw 0 to short. Fruit: longer than wide; septum linear to oblong; receptacle stalk-like, reflexed to ascending. Seed: 10--40.
Species In Genus: 6 species. Etymology: (Greek: cutting all-around, from calyx)

Peritoma platycarpa (Torr.) H.H. Iltis
NATIVE
Habit: Annual, densely branched from base, 1--6 dm, green with purple, densely glandular-hairy. Leaf: leaflets 3, 1--3.5 cm, ovate to obovate. Flower: sepals free, generally 4--6 mm, awl-shaped, entire, yellow, deciduous; petals 6--12 mm, oblong, golden yellow; stamens 10--17 mm, yellow, anthers 1.8--2 mm; style 1--3 mm. Fruit: 12--25 mm, 8--12 mm wide, oblong, +- flat, hairy; receptacle 10--18 mm. Chromosomes: 2n=40.
Ecology: Alkaline, clay soils, volcanic tuff, dry foothills, often sagebrush scrub; Elevation: 1200--1500 m. Bioregional Distribution: CaRH (Shasta Valley), MP; Distribution Outside California: Oregon, western Nevada. Flowering Time: May--Jul
Synonyms: Cleome platycarpa Torr.
eFlora Treatment Author: Robert E. Preston & Staria S. Vanderpool
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Citation for this treatment: Robert E. Preston & Staria S. Vanderpool 2016. Peritoma platycarpa, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=91910, accessed on February 10, 2016.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on February 10, 2016.


Geographic subdivisions for Peritoma platycarpa:
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