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Hemieva ranunculifolia

Higher Taxonomy
Family: SaxifragaceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key
Habit: Perennial herb from caudex or rhizome, generally +- hairy. Stem: often +- leafy on proximal 1/2, rarely trailing and leafy throughout. Leaf: generally simple, basal and/or cauline, generally alternate, generally petioled; veins +- palmate. Inflorescence: raceme or panicle, generally +- scapose. Flower: generally bisexual, generally radial; hypanthium free to +- fused to ovary; calyx lobes generally 5; petals generally 5, free, generally clawed, generally white; stamens 3, [4], 5, 8, or 10; pistils 1 (carpels +- fused, ovary lobed, chambers 1 or 2, placentas generally 2(3), axile or parietal or occasionally proximally axile and distally marginal in ovary lobes) or 2 (carpels free, placentas marginal), ovary nearly superior to inferior, occasionally more superior in fruit, styles generally 2(3). Fruit: capsule (generally 2(3)-beaked, valves generally 2(3), generally equal) or 2 follicles. Seed: generally many, small.
Genera In Family: +- 30 genera, 600 species: especially northern temperate, arctic, alpine; some cultivated (Bergenia, Darmera, Heuchera, Saxifraga, Tellima, Tolmiea). Note: California Mitella moved to Mitellastra, Ozomelis, Pectiantia; Suksdorfia ranunculifolia to Hemieva. Parnassia moved to Parnassiaceae.
eFlora Treatment Author: Michael S. Park & Patrick E. Elvander, except as noted
Scientific Editor: Bruce G. Baldwin.
Genus: HemievaView Description 

Etymology: (Greek: 1/2 of well, from hypanthium) Note: Close to Bolandra and Suksdorfia.
eFlora Treatment Author: Michael S. Park
Reference: Soltis et al. 1996 Syst Bot 21:169--185
Hemieva ranunculifolia (Hook.) Raf.
Habit: Plant 1--3 dm; caudex scaleless, bearing bulblets. Leaf: basal and cauline, basal and proximal petioled, petioles 5--10 cm, distal sessile, reduced; stipules membranous, entire, +- sheathing; blade 1--4 cm wide, ovate, base cordate to reniform, +- glabrous, 1° lobes 3, deep, teeth coarse, round, tips sharp. Inflorescence: cyme, +- flat-topped, < 15-flowered, glandular; flowers generally crowded, pedicels generally < 3 mm; bracts sessile, linear. Flower: hypanthium partly fused to ovary; calyx lobes 1--3 mm, ovate to triangular; petals 2--4 mm, +- white, elliptic to obovate, short-clawed; stamens 5, opposite calyx lobes; pistils 2, ovary > 1/2-inferior, placentas marginal. Fruit: 2 follicles.
Ecology: Moist rocky slopes; Elevation: 1500--2500 m. Bioregional Distribution: KR, n SNH/CaRH (Plumas Co.); Distribution Outside California: to British Columbia, Alberta, Montana. Flowering Time: Jun--Aug
Synonyms: Suksdorfia ranunculifolia (Hook.) Engl.
Jepson eFlora Author: Michael S. Park
Reference: Soltis et al. 1996 Syst Bot 21:169--185
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Botanical illustration including Hemieva ranunculifolia

botanical illustration including Hemieva ranunculifolia


Citation for this treatment: Michael S. Park 2012, Hemieva ranunculifolia, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on February 01, 2023.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2023, Jepson eFlora,, accessed on February 01, 2023.

Hemieva ranunculifolia
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Hemieva ranunculifolia
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Hemieva ranunculifolia
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Hemieva ranunculifolia
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Hemieva ranunculifolia
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Hemieva ranunculifolia
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Geographic subdivisions for Hemieva ranunculifolia:
KR, n SNH/CaRH (Plumas Co.)
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