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Marina parryi

Higher Taxonomy
Family: Fabaceae (Leguminosae)View DescriptionDichotomous Key
Habit: Annual to tree. Leaf: generally alternate, generally compound, generally stipuled, generally entire, pinnately veined Inflorescence: generally raceme, spike, umbel or head; or flowers 1--few in axils. Flower: generally bisexual, generally bilateral; hypanthium 0 or flat to tubular; sepals generally 5, generally fused; petals generally 5, free, fused, or lower 2 +- united into keel (see 3, Key to Groups, for banner, wings); stamens 10 or many (or [1], 5, 6, 7, 9), free or fused or 10 with 9 filaments at least partly fused, 1 (uppermost) free; pistil 1, ovary superior, generally 1-chambered, ovules 1--many, style, stigma 1. Fruit: legume, including a stalk-like base (above receptacle) or not. Seed: 1--many, often +- reniform, generally hard, smooth.
Genera In Family: +- 730 genera, 19400 species: worldwide; with grasses, requisite in agriculture, most natural ecosystems. Many cultivated, most importantly Arachis, peanut; Glycine, soybean; Phaseolus, beans; Medicago, alfalfa; Trifolium, clovers; many orns. Note: Unless stated otherwise, fruit length including stalk-like base, number of 2° leaflets is per 1° leaflet. Upper suture of fruit adaxial, lower abaxial. Anthyllis vulneraria L. evidently a waif, a contaminant of legume seed from Europe. Laburnum anagyroides Medik., collected on Mount St. Helena in 1987, may be naturalized. Ceratonia siliqua L., carob tree (Group 2), differs from Gleditsia triacanthos L. in having evergreen (vs deciduous) leaves that are 1-pinnate (vs 1-pinnate on spurs on old stems, 2-pinnate on new stems) with 2--5(8) (vs 7--17) 1° leaflets, commonly cultivated, now naturalized in southern California. Aeschynomene rudis Benth. , Halimodendron halodendron (Pall.) Voss (possibly extirpated), Lens culinaris Medik. are agricultural weeds. Caragana arborescens Lam. only cult. Ononis alopecuroides L. , Sphaerophysa salsula (Pall.) DC. all evidently extirpated. Cercidium moved to Parkinsonia; Chamaecytisus to Cytisus; Psoralidium lanceolatum to Ladeania.
eFlora Treatment Author: Martin F. Wojciechowski, except as noted
Scientific Editor: Martin F. Wojciechowski, Thomas J. Rosatti.
Genus: MarinaView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Perennial herb [or not], unarmed, hairy, gland-dotted or not. Leaf: odd-1-pinnate; stipules obscure; leaflets opposite. Inflorescence: open raceme or dense spike, terminal. Flower: calyx lobes < tube; corolla generally 2-colored (blue-violet, white), petals (except banner) from side of filament column; stamens 9--10, filaments fused; ovule 1. Fruit: indehiscent, included or +- exserted. Seed: 1.
Species In Genus: 38 species: southwestern United States to Central America, especially Mexico. Etymology: (Marina, interpreter for Mexican conqueror Cortez, 16th century)
eFlora Treatment Author: Michelle M. McMahon & Duane Isely
Unabridged Reference: Barneby 1977 Mem New York Bot Gard 27:55--133; 608--649
Marina parryi (Torr. & A. Gray) Barneby
Habit: Plant 2--8 dm, strigose. Leaf: well spaced; leaflets 11--23, 0.5--6 mm, oblong obovate to +- round, flat, +- gland-dotted. Inflorescence: 2--10 cm. Flower: keel 5--7 mm. Chromosomes: 2n=20.
Ecology: Open desert washes, rocky slopes, roadsides; Elevation: < 800 m. Bioregional Distribution: D; Distribution Outside California: Arizona, Mexico. Flowering Time: Feb--Jun
Synonyms: Dalea parryi Torr. & A. Gray; Parosela parryi (Torr. & A. Gray) A. Heller
Jepson eFlora Author: Michelle M. McMahon & Duane Isely
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Citation for this treatment: Michelle M. McMahon & Duane Isely 2012, Marina parryi, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on June 19, 2021.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2021, Jepson eFlora,, accessed on June 19, 2021.

Marina parryi
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© 2010 Keir Morse
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© 2019 Aaron Schusteff
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© 1997 Christopher L. Christie
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© 2010 Steve Matson
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© 2004 James M. Andre
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© 2012 Neal Kramer

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