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Sonnea hispida

Higher Taxonomy
Family: BoraginaceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key
Habit: Annual, perennial herb, or shrub, often bristly or sharp-hairy. Stem: prostrate-decumbent to erect. Leaf: basal and/or cauline, simple, generally alternate, sometimes opposite, especially at base. Inflorescence: cymes, arranged singly or in groups of 2--5, generally coiled in flower, generally elongating in fruit. Flower: bisexual, generally radial; sepals 5, free or fused at least at base; corolla 5-lobed, salverform, funnel-shaped, rotate, or bell-shaped, appendages (often called "fornices") 0 or 5 at top of tube, when present often differentially pigmented, alternate stamens; stamens epipetalous; ovary superior, 4-lobed, style 1, entire or minutely 2-lobed (2-branched). Fruit: nutlets 1--4, when > 1, all similar (often called "homomorphic") or 1 or 2 dissimilar in size and/or shape from the others (often called "heteromorphic"), free (fused), smooth to roughened, prickly or bristly or not.
Genera In Family: +- 90 genera, +- 1600--1700 species: mostly temperate, especially western North America, Mediterranean; some cultivated (Borago, Echium, Myosotis, Symphytum). Toxicity: Many genera may be TOXIC from pyrrolizidine alkaloids or accumulated nitrates. Note: Sometimes still treated in broader sense of TJM2 (e.g., APG IV 2016 Bot J Linn Soc 181:1--20), but recent evidence (Luebert et al. 2016) supports segregation, for our flora, of the families Ehretiaceae, Heliotropiaceae, Hydrophyllaceae, Lennoaceae, and Namaceae.
eFlora Treatment Author: Michael G. Simpson, C. Matt Guilliams, Kristen Hasenstab-Lehman & Ronald B. Kelley
Scientific Editor: Bruce G. Baldwin, C. Matt Guilliams, Kristen Hasenstab-Lehman, David J. Keil, Ronald B. Kelley, Robert W. Patterson, Thomas J. Rosatti & Michael G. Simpson
Genus: SonneaView Description 

Etymology: Charles F. Sonne, late 19th Century CA plant collector Note: A segregate from Plagiobothrys shown from molecular studies to be in a separate clade.
eFlora Treatment Author: C. Matt Guilliams & Ronald B. Kelley
Unabridged Reference: Guilliams 2015 PhD Dissertation, Univ CA Berkeley; Simpson et al. 2017 Taxon 66:1406--1420; Guilliams et al. 2020 Novon 28:51--59.
Sonnea hispida (A. Gray) Greene
Habit: Annual, sharp-hairy and sparse-short-tomentose; taproot +- red. Stem: erect, 0.5--2 dm. Leaf: generally cauline, alternate, 1.5--4 cm, hairs bulbous-based. Inflorescence: short, clustered, spike-like cymes, coiled in fruit, few-flowered, bracts proximal; pedicel 0. Flower: calyx 2 mm; corolla rotate, white, limb < 1.5 mm diam, appendages minute, white. Fruit: nutlet 1--4, 1--2.4 mm, ovate, not +- flat, dull, papillate-roughened, occasionally tubercled; abaxial ridge +- prominent, lateral ridges low, wide, cross-ribs 0; scar generally above middle, +- round.
Ecology: Dry places, generally in sandy, gravelly soil; Elevation: 1200--2800 m. Bioregional Distribution: KR, CaR, SNH, GB; Distribution Outside California: to central Oregon, western Idaho, western Nevada. Flowering Time: Jun--Aug
Synonyms: Plagiobothrys foliaceus (Greene) A. Nelson & J.F. Macbr.; Plagiobothrys hispidus A. Gray
Jepson eFlora Author: C. Matt Guilliams & Ronald B. Kelley
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Citation for this treatment: C. Matt Guilliams & Ronald B. Kelley 2021, Sonnea hispida, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, Revision 9,, accessed on April 15, 2024.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2024, Jepson eFlora,, accessed on April 15, 2024.

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