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Brodiaea pallida

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Family: ThemidaceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key
Habit: Perennial herb from corm, outer coat fibrous [membranous]; daughter corms formed at stem base above corm of previous year, cormlets formed at base of corms or on short stolons. Leaf: basal, 1--10, linear to narrow-lanceolate. Inflorescence: scapose, generally umbel-like; scape erect, generally 1(2), cylindric, generally rigid, occasionally wavy to twining; flower bracts 2--4[10], not enclosing flower buds. Flower: perianth parts 6 in 2 petal-like whorls, free or +- fused below into tube; staminodes 0 or 3; stamens 3 or 6, free or fused to perianth, occasionally appendaged; ovary superior, chambers 3, ovules 2--several per chamber. Fruit: capsule, loculicidal.
Genera In Family: 13 genera, 70--80 species: western North America.
eFlora Treatment Author: J. Chris Pires & Robert E. Preston, except as noted
Scientific Editor: Dale W. McNeal, Thomas J. Rosatti, Bruce G. Baldwin.
Genus: BrodiaeaView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Cormlets often present. Leaf: generally 1--6, linear, generally crescent-shaped in ×-section, glabrous, entire, often withered at flower. Inflorescence: open; scape 2--70 cm, generally slender, generally straight, cylindric; bracts scarious; pedicels generally > flowers, generally < 13 cm. Flower: perianth tube bell- to funnel-shaped, green-white, lobes erect to spreading, violet to lavender, occasionally pink, midribs purple or green; staminodes (0)3, generally +- erect, opposite outer lobes, white to violet or lavender, lateral margins flat, incurved, or inrolled; stamens 3, equal, fused to perianth, opposite inner lobes, filaments occasionally winged or appendaged, free or fused basally to staminodes, generally not forming crown-like tube, anthers attached at base, appressed to style, abaxially papillate; style 1, stigma lobes 3, spreading and recurved. Fruit: sessile, ovoid. Seed: oblong, black, lined, angles ridged.
Etymology: (James Brodie, Scottish botanist, 1744--1824)
eFlora Treatment Author: J. Chris Pires & Robert E. Preston
Reference: Preston 2013 Systematic Botany 38:1012--1028
Unabridged Reference: Chester et al. 2007 Madroño 54:187--198; Preston 2006 Madroño 53:46--54; Preston 2006 Novon 16:254--259
Brodiaea pallida Hoover
Inflorescence: scape 10--20 cm, slender; pedicels <= 3.5 cm. Flower: perianth 19--28 mm, tube 7.5--12.5 mm, +- urn-shaped, +- narrowed above ovary, thin, opaque, not splitting in fruit, lobes 10.5--16.5 mm, violet near tips, paler toward base, ascending to spreading, outer 3--4.5 mm wide, inner 4--5.5 mm wide; staminodes near stamens, 7--9.5 mm, white, in width >= outer perianth lobes, margins flat to 1/2 inrolled above middle, tip deep-notched; filaments 2--3 mm, winged, V- or Y-shaped in ×-section, anthers 4--5.5 mm, abaxially with prominent, finger-like papillae; ovary 3--5 mm, style 7--9.5 mm. Chromosomes: n=6.
Ecology: Intermittent streambeds, vernal swales, serpentine or not; Elevation: 160--390 m. Bioregional Distribution: n&c SNF (Calaveras, Tuolumne cos.). Flowering Time: May--Jun Note: Hybrids with Brodiaea elegans reported.
Jepson eFlora Author: J. Chris Pires & Robert E. Preston
Reference: Preston 2013 Systematic Botany 38:1012--1028
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Citation for this treatment: J. Chris Pires & Robert E. Preston 2019, Brodiaea pallida, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, Revision 7,, accessed on February 27, 2024.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2024, Jepson eFlora,, accessed on February 27, 2024.

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n&c SNF (Calaveras, Tuolumne cos.).
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