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|Family: Fabaceae (Leguminosae)||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
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Habit: Perennial herb, unarmed, gland-dotted, hairs glandular, nonglandular, or both; roots deep, woody, enlarged near ground surface. Stem: main axis erect, nearly 0 to short; branches short, decumbent to ascending, underground or not. Leaf: +- palmately compound, +- basal or clustered near stem tips; stipules at base of plant fused, those above free; leaflets 5--7, elliptic to oblanceolate or widely obovate. Inflorescence: raceme, basal, axillary, or terminal on branches, with 1 sometimes late-deciduous bract and 2--3 flowers per node. Flower: calyx base swollen on top, tube enlarging in fruit; corolla at least partly blue to purple; 9 filaments fused, 1 less so or free; ovary +- hairy, ovule 1, style tip curved to bent, stigma head-like. Fruit: included in calyx except for beak, transversely dehiscent, hairy, rarely glandular. Seed: 1, elliptic, smooth or ridged.
Species In Genus: 21 species: southern Canada to central Mexico. Etymology: (Greek: plain apple) Note: Pediomelum mephiticum (S. Watson) Rydb. incorrectly reported for southern California.
eFlora Treatment Author: Martin F. Wojciechowski & James Grimes
Jepson Online Interchange
Key to PediomelumPrevious taxon: Parkinsonia microphylla
Next taxon: Pediomelum californicum
Citation for this treatment: Martin F. Wojciechowski & James Grimes 2016. Pediomelum, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=9396, accessed on May 24, 2016.
Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on May 24, 2016.