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Sidalcea pedata

Higher Taxonomy
Family: MalvaceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Annual to tree; generally with stellate hairs, often with bristles or peltate scales; juice generally mucilage-like; bark fibrous. Leaf: generally cauline, alternate, petioled, simple [palmate-compound], generally palmate-lobed and/or veined, generally toothed, evergreen or not; stipules persistent or not. Inflorescence: head, spike, raceme, or panicle, in panicle or not (a compound panicle), or flowers >= 1 in leaf axils, or flowers generally 1 opposite a leaf or on a spur; bracts leaf-like or not; bractlets 0 or on flowering stalks, often closely subtending calyx, generally in involucel. Flower: generally bisexual, radial; sepals 5, generally fused at base, abutting in bud, larger in fruit or not, nectaries as tufts of glandular hairs at base; petals (0)5, free from each other but generally fused at base to, falling with filament tube, clawed or not; stamens 5--many, filaments fused for most of length into tube around style, staminodes 5, alternate stamens, or generally 0; pistil 1, ovary superior, stalked or generally not, chambers generally >= 5, styles or style branches, stigmas generally 1 or 1--2 × chamber number. Fruit: loculicidal capsule, [berry], or 5--many, disk- or wedge-shaped segments (= mericarps).
Genera In Family: 266 genera, 4025 species: worldwide, especially warm regions; some cultivated (e.g., Abelmoschus okra; Alcea hollyhock; Gossypium cotton; Hibiscus hibiscus). Note: Recently treated to include Bombacaceae, Sterculiaceae, Tiliaceae. Mature fruit needed for identification; "outer edges" are surfaces between sides and back (abaxial surface) of segment. "Flower stalk" used instead of "pedicel," "peduncle," especially where both needed (i.e., when flowers both 1 in leaf axils and otherwise).
eFlora Treatment Author: Steven R. Hill, except as noted
Scientific Editor: Steven R. Hill, Thomas J. Rosatti.
Sidalcea pedata A. Gray
Habit: Perennial herb 2--4 dm, from fleshy taproot, caudex 0; plants with either bisexual or pistillate flowers. Stem: many, long-bristly, near base +- stellate-hairy. Leaf: basal, 1--3 cauline, blades 2--5(6) cm wide, lobes deep, +- ternate-dissected, segments linear to elliptic, narrower in leaves above. Inflorescence: below open, above dense, spike-like, not in panicle, to 25 cm. Flower: calyx 4--5(7) mm, +- not larger in fruit, stellate-puberulent, marginal hairs longer; petals 9--12 mm, dark rose-pink, veins dark. Fruit: segments 5--6, +- 2.5 mm, smooth, beak +- 0. Chromosomes: 2n=20.
Ecology: Moist meadows in open woodland; Elevation: 1520--2500 m. Bioregional Distribution: SnBr (Bear Valley, Bluff Lake). Flowering Time: May--Aug Note: Threatened by development, vehicles, grazing.
Jepson eFlora Author: Steven R. Hill
Reference: Andreasen & Baldwin 2003 Amer J Bot 90:436--444; Hill 2008 J Bot Res Inst Texas 2:783--791
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Citation for this treatment: Steven R. Hill 2012, Sidalcea pedata, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on October 03, 2023.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2023, Jepson eFlora,, accessed on October 03, 2023.

Sidalcea pedata
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Sidalcea pedata
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Geographic subdivisions for Sidalcea pedata:
SnBr (Bear Valley, Bluff Lake).
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