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Annual to tree
Leaves simple to pinnately to palmately compound, generally alternate; stipules free to fused, persistent to deciduous
Inflorescence: cyme, raceme, panicle, or flowers solitary
Flower generally bisexual, radial; hypanthium free or fused to ovary, saucer- to funnel-shaped, often with bractlets alternate with sepals; sepals generally 5; petals generally 5, free; stamens (0)5–many, pistils (0)1–many, simple or compound; ovary superior to inferior, styles 1–5
Fruit: achene, follicle, drupe, pome, or blackberry- to raspberry-like
Seeds generally 1–5
Genera in family: 110 genera, ± 3000 species: worldwide, especially temp. Many cultivated for ornamental and fruit, especially Cotoneaster , Fragaria , Malus , Prunus , Pyracantha, Rosa , and Rubus
Reference: [Robertson 1974 J Arnold Arbor 55:303–332,344–401,611–662]
Family description, key to genera by Barbara Ertter and Dieter H. Wilken.



Barbara Ertter

Annual to shrub; odor resinous or 0
Leaves generally basal, odd-1-pinnate to 1-palmate or 1-ternate; leaflets ± toothed or lobed, terminal generally ± = lateral
Inflorescence: cyme, generally ± open; pedicels generally ± straight
Flower: hypanthium ± shallow; bractlets 5; sepals generally 5, ± triangular; petals generally 5, generally = or > sepals, generally ± widely obcordate, generally yellow; stamens generally 20; pistils generally many, styles generally jointed near tip
Fruit: achene
Species in genus: 200–500 species: n temp
Etymology: (Latin: diminutive of powerful, for reputed medicinal value)
Reference: [Clausen, Keck, & Hiesey 1940 Carn Inst Wash Pub 520:26–195]
P. anglica Laicharding is a waif from cultivated: stem trailing; pedicels 2–8 cm, slender; sepals and petals generally 4; leaflets 3–5.


P. drummondii Lehm.

Plant ± tufted from few-branched caudex; glands generally 0 or hidden
Stem decumbent to ± erect, generally 10–60 cm, glabrous to cottony
Leaves pinnate to subpalmate; basal generally 3–25 cm, leaflets 2–9 per side, separated or overlapped, 5–50 mm, oblanceolate to obovate, toothed to lobed, glabrous to densely hairy
Inflorescence generally < 20-flowered
Flower: hypanthium 3–6 mm wide; petals 5–10 mm; filaments 1–4 mm, anthers 0.7–1 mm; styles 2–3 mm, slender
Fruit 1.5–2 mm, smooth, ± brown
Chromosomes: 2n=64–108,129
Ecology: Meadows, rocks
Elevation: 1100–3700 m (highest in SN).
Bioregional distribution: Klamath Ranges, High Cascade Range, High Sierra Nevada, Warner Mountains
Distribution outside California: w N.America
May hybridize with P. diversifolia , P. gracilis , P. wheeleri ; subspp. poorly defined.


subsp. bruceae (Rydb.) D.D. Keck

Leaves: basal subpalmate; petiole generally > blade, generally densely straight- or shaggy-hairy; leaflets ± 3 per side, ± overlapped, generally 15–25 mm, pinnately toothed ± 1/2 to midvein (sometimes also split to base), generally gray-hairy
Chromosomes: 2n=±64–98,129
Ecology: Habitats of sp.
Elevation: 1200–3700 m.
Bioregional distribution: Klamath Ranges, High Cascade Range, High Sierra Nevada, Warner Mountains
Distribution outside California: Oregon
Horticultural information: TRY.

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