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Oligomeris linifolia

Higher Taxonomy
Family: ResedaceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key
Habit: Annual to shrub. Leaf: simple, alternate; stipules small, tooth- or gland-like; blade entire to deeply lobed. Inflorescence: raceme or spike, generally terminal. Flower: generally bisexual, small, asymmetric, 1 per bract; sepals 2--8; petals 0--8; disk occasionally present; stamens 3--50+, generally on disk, anthers 2-chambered; carpels 2--8, generally fused, generally open distally, ovary superior, sessile or short-stalked, generally 1-chambered, stigmas beak-like. Fruit: capsule, gaping at top, or berry. Seed: few to many, reniform.
Genera In Family: 6 genera, +- 85 species: northern and eastern hemispheres, especially Mediterranean.
eFlora Treatment Author: Thomas F. Daniel
Scientific Editor: Douglas H. Goldman, Bruce G. Baldwin.
Genus: OligomerisView Description 

Habit: Annual (perennial herb). Leaf: sessile, entire. Flower: sepals 2--6, margins white; petals entire to shallowly lobed; stamens 3(4)[12]; stigmas 3--5. Fruit: capsule.
Etymology: (Greek: few parts)
Oligomeris linifolia (Vahl ex Hornem.) J.F. Macbr.
Habit: Annual (perennial herb), +- fleshy, glabrous. Stem: erect, < 45 cm. Leaf: 8--45 mm, 0.5--2 mm wide, linear to +- oblanceolate. Inflorescence: bracts triangular to awl-like. Flower: 1--2 mm; sepals 4; petals 2 (>2), +- white; stamens 3(4); carpels generally 4. Fruit: 1.7--3 mm, 4-parted, compressed-spheric. Seed: black, shiny. Chromosomes: n=24.
Ecology: Rocky slopes, open dunes, ocean bluffs, roadsides, alkaline places; Elevation: < 850 m. Bioregional Distribution: SnJV, SW, D; Distribution Outside California: to Texas, Mexico; Eurasia, northern Africa. Flowering Time: Feb--Jul
Jepson eFlora Author: Thomas F. Daniel
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Citation for this treatment: Thomas F. Daniel 2012, Oligomeris linifolia, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on July 13, 2024.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2024, Jepson eFlora,, accessed on July 13, 2024.

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