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Allophyllum divaricatum

Higher Taxonomy
Family: PolemoniaceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key
Habit: Annual, perennial herb, shrub, vine. Leaf: simple or compound, cauline (or most basal), alternate or opposite; stipules 0. Inflorescence: cymes, heads, clusters, or flower 1; bracts in involucres or not. Flower: sepals generally 5, fused at base, translucent membrane generally connecting lobes, torn by fruit; corolla generally 5-lobed, radial or bilateral, salverform to bell-shaped, throat often well defined; stamens generally 5, epipetalous, attached at >= 1 level, filaments of >= 1 length, pollen white, yellow, blue, or red; ovary superior, chambers generally 3, style 1, stigmas generally 3. Fruit: capsule. Seed: 1--many, when wetted swelling or not, gelatinous or not.
Genera In Family: 26 genera, 314 species: America, northern Europe, northern Asia; some cultivated (Cantua, Cobaea (cup-and-saucer vine), Collomia, Gilia, Ipomopsis, Linanthus, Phlox). Note: Leptodactylon moved to Linanthus.
eFlora Treatment Author: Robert W. Patterson, family description, key to genera, except as noted
Scientific Editor: Robert W. Patterson, Thomas J. Rosatti.
Genus: AllophyllumView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Annual, hairy, +- minutely glandular. Stem: erect, generally branched. Leaf: alternate, dark green, generally deeply pinnate-lobed, +- palmate-lobed upward; lobes linear to lanceolate, blunt-tipped, central lobe widest. Inflorescence: flowers generally in clusters. Flower: calyx tube narrowly membranous between lobes, lobes blunt-tipped, translucent below in fruit, membrane splitting; corolla radial or bilateral, funnel-shaped, throat narrow, tapered, lobes narrowly obovate; stamens attached in tube. Fruit: < calyx, spheric; valves generally falling. Seed: 1--3 per chamber, concave, black or brown, gelatinous when wet, ends rounded.
Etymology: (Greek: other leaf)
eFlora Treatment Author: Leigh A. Johnson & Alva G. Day
Reference: Grant & Grant 1955 Aliso 3:93--110
Allophyllum divaricatum (Nutt.) A.D. Grant & V.E. Grant
Habit: Plant odor skunk-like. Stem: < 60 cm; glands generally long-stalked. Leaf: lobes of lower 3--13, 4--8 mm wide, +- lanceolate. Inflorescence: open or dense; flowers 2--8 in clusters; pedicels elongating in fruit. Flower: corolla 8--22 mm, tube red-purple, lobes 2--4 mm, pink; stamens unequal, included or longest exserted; style included or exserted. Seed: 1--3 per chamber, brown. Chromosomes: 2n=16,18.
Ecology: Sandy areas, chaparral, woodland; Elevation: 300--1800 m. Bioregional Distribution: KR, NCoRI, s CaR, SNF, SnFrB, SCoR, TR, PR. Flowering Time: Apr--Jun
Jepson eFlora Author: Leigh A. Johnson & Alva G. Day
Reference: Grant & Grant 1955 Aliso 3:93--110
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Citation for this treatment: Leigh A. Johnson & Alva G. Day 2012, Allophyllum divaricatum, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on May 29, 2024.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2024, Jepson eFlora,, accessed on May 29, 2024.

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Geographic subdivisions for Allophyllum divaricatum:
KR, NCoRI, s CaR, SNF, SnFrB, SCoR, TR, PR.
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