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Kelloggia galioides

Higher Taxonomy
Family: RubiaceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key
Habit: Annual to tree, vine. Leaf: generally opposite (whorled), entire; stipules generally fused to stem, adjacent pairs occasionally fused, or occasionally leaf-like and appearing like whorled leaves. Inflorescence: cyme, panicle, spike, cluster, or flower 1, generally terminal and +- axillary. Flower: generally bisexual; calyx +- 4(5)-lobed, occasionally 0 (Galium, Crucianella) or 6 (Sherardia); corolla generally radial, 4(5)-lobed; stamens epipetalous, alternate corolla lobes, generally included; ovary generally inferior, chambers generally 2 or 4, style 1(2). Fruit: drupe, berry, or 2 or 4 nutlets [capsule].
Genera In Family: +- 500 genera, 6000 species: worldwide, especially tropics; many cultivated, including Coffea, coffee; Cinchona, quinine; many ornamental. Note: Diodia teres Walter doubtfully in California.
eFlora Treatment Author: Robert E. Preston & Lauramay T. Dempster, except as noted
Scientific Editor: Douglas H. Goldman, Bruce G. Baldwin.
Genus: KelloggiaView Description 

Habit: Perennial herb from thin rhizome. Leaf: opposite; stipules +- scale-like, base fused. Inflorescence: cyme, terminal, open, flowers few, pedicel long, slender. Flower: calyx 4--5-lobed; corolla funnel-shaped, 4--5-lobed; styles 2, fused proximally. Fruit: nutlets 2, wider distally.
Etymology: (Albert Kellogg, pioneer California botanist, 1813--1887)
Kelloggia galioides Torr.
Stem: erect, 15--40 cm, +- 4-angled. Leaf: 19--38 mm, lanceolate to narrowly ovate, occasionally with smaller axillary leaves. Flower: calyx inconspicuous; corolla pink or white, tube slender, throat short, lobes lanceolate. Fruit: hairs hooked.
Ecology: +- open places in conifer forest; Elevation: 700--3110 m. Bioregional Distribution: KR, NCoRH, CaRH, SNH, SnBr, PR, MP; Distribution Outside California: to Washington, Montana, Wyoming, New Mexico. Flowering Time: May--Aug
Jepson eFlora Author: Robert E. Preston & Lauramay T. Dempster
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Botanical illustration including Kelloggia galioides

botanical illustration including Kelloggia galioides


Citation for this treatment: Robert E. Preston & Lauramay T. Dempster 2012, Kelloggia galioides, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on February 02, 2023.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2023, Jepson eFlora,, accessed on February 02, 2023.

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