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Tellima grandiflora

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: TellimaView Description 

Common Name: FRINGE CUPS

Species In Genus: 1 sp. Etymology: (Anagram of Mitella)
Tellima grandiflora (Pursh) Douglas ex Lindl.
Habit: Plant 40--100 cm, hairy, sparsely glandular; rhizome scaly; bulblets 0. Leaf: basal and cauline, distal reduced; stipules +- 5 mm, membranous, +- sheathing, ciliate to toothed; petiole 3--30 cm; blade 2--10 cm, ovate, base cordate, clasping above, lobes shallow, teeth sharp. Inflorescence: spike-like raceme, generally 1-sided; flowers many; bracts scale-like; pedicel 2--5 mm. Flower: fragrant or not; hypanthium partly fused to ovary; calyx lobes 2--3 mm, +- elliptic; petals 3--7 mm, lobes +- 5--7, linear, +- green-white to rose or red, ephemeral; stamens 10; pistil 1, ovary > 1/2-inferior, chamber 1, placentas 2, parietal. Fruit: capsule. Chromosomes: 2n=14.
Ecology: Moist slopes; Elevation: < 2000 m. Bioregional Distribution: KR, NCoRO, NCoRH, CaRH, n SNH, n CCo, SnFrB; Distribution Outside California: to Alaska, Montana. Flowering Time: Apr--Jul
Jepson eFlora Author: Michael S. Park & Patrick E. Elvander
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Citation for this treatment: Michael S. Park & Patrick E. Elvander 2012, Tellima grandiflora, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on May 22, 2022.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2022, Jepson eFlora,, accessed on May 22, 2022.

Tellima grandiflora
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© 2007 George W. Hartwell
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Geographic subdivisions for Tellima grandiflora:
KR, NCoRO, NCoRH, CaRH, n SNH, n CCo, SnFrB
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