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Searsia lancea

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Family: AnacardiaceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Shrub, tree; generally dioecious or flowers bisexual and unisexual; resin clear, often weathering black, generally aromatic, latex milky or 0. Leaf: simple to ternate- or odd-pinnate-compound, alternate, deciduous or evergreen; stipules 0. Inflorescence: raceme or panicle; flowers generally many. Flower: generally unisexual, radial; sepals generally 5, base generally +- fused; petals 5, generally > sepals, free; (perianth parts 1--7 in Pistacia); stamens 4--7 or 10, vestigial in pistillate flowers; ovary superior, vestigial or 0 in staminate flowers, subtended by +- lobed, disk-like nectary, chamber generally 1, ovule generally 1, styles 1--3. Fruit: drupe-like, generally +- flat, sticky or not, hairs short or 0; pulp +- resinous, aromatic or not.
Genera In Family: 70+ genera, +- 850 species: tropics, warm temperate; some ornamental (Rhus, Schinus), cultivated for fruit (Anacardium, cashew; Mangifera, mango; Pistacia, pistachio). Toxicity: TOXIC: many genera produce contact dermatitis.
eFlora Treatment Author: John M. Miller & Dieter H. Wilken, except as noted
Scientific Editor: Bruce G. Baldwin, Thomas J. Rosatti.
Genus: SearsiaView Description 

Habit: Shrubs or trees; generally monoecious. Leaf: ternate-pinnate-compound, +- evergreen [deciduous], generally entire [to lobed]. Inflorescence: panicle [raceme], terminal and/or axillary; flowers +- sessile to pedicelled. Flower: stamens 5; styles 3, fused at base. Fruit: +- spheric, glabrous [hairy]; pulp thin, resinous.
Species In Genus: 120 species: Mediterranean, Asia, Africa. Etymology: (P.B. Sears, American ecologist, 1891--1990)
eFlora Treatment Author: John M. Miller & Bruce G. Baldwin

Searsia lancea (L. f.) F.A. Barkley
Habit: Plant 1--8 m. Leaf: petiole 2--5 mm; leaflets 2.5--12 cm, 0.5--2 cm wide, linear to narrowly lanceolate, generally entire, +- leathery, generally flat, tip acute to +- obtuse. Inflorescence: pendant; bractlets 2--4 mm. Flower: sepals green, glandular; petals white to +- yellow. Fruit: 5--8 mm diam, smooth, yellow or yellow-brown, glabrous.
Ecology: Canyons, alluvial fans in desert, coastal scrub, riparian woodland, disturbed places; Elevation: < 500 m. Bioregional Distribution: SCo, DSon; Distribution Outside California: native to southern Africa. Flowering Time: Mar--Jun Note: Cult elsewhere.
Synonyms: Rhus lancea L. f.
eFlora Treatment Author: John M. Miller & Bruce G. Baldwin
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Citation for this treatment: John M. Miller & Bruce G. Baldwin 2016. Searsia lancea, 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.

Geographic subdivisions for Searsia lancea:
SCo, DSon;
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