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Chlorogalum pomeridianum var. minus

Higher Taxonomy
Family: AgavaceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key
Habit: Perennial herb, shrub, tree, fibrous succulent or not, from bulbs or rhizomes. Stem: above ground or not, branched or not. Leaf: simple, deciduous or not, basal or in terminal rosettes, generally sessile, linear, lanceolate, oblanceolate or ovate, fibrous or not, thin and flexible or thick and rigid or succulent; margin entire, fine-serrate, dentate, or with filaments, tips rigid or flexible, with a spine or not. Flower: bisexual; perianth parts 6, in 2 petal-like whorls, free or +- fused; stamens 6, +- fused to perianth, filaments often wide, succulent; ovary superior or inferior, chambers 3, style 1 (thick, poorly defined), stigma head-like or 3-lobed. Fruit: capsule, indehiscent, loculicidal, or septicidal. Seed: few to many, +- flat or ovoid, generally black.
Genera In Family: 24 genera, 637 species: worldwide.
eFlora Treatment Author: Dale W. McNeal, except as noted
Scientific Editor: Dale W. McNeal, Thomas J. Rosatti, Bruce G. Baldwin.
Genus: ChlorogalumView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Perennial herb; bulb ovoid to +- elongate, outer coat red-brown, membranous or fibrous. Leaf: basal, linear, often wavy-margined. Inflorescence: panicle, peduncled; flowers, buds 1 per node; bracts scarious. Flower: opening in evening, closed by morning, open 1 night; heterostylous or not; perianth parts 6 in 2 petal-like whorls, 8--30 mm, free, white, twisted together above ovary in fruit; stamens 6, attached to base of perianth, anthers attached at middle; ovary superior, chambers 3, style thread-like, < to > perianth lobes, deciduous, stigma +- 3-lobed. Fruit: loculicidal capsule, 3-chambered. Seed: 1--2 per chamber, ovoid, black.
Etymology: (Greek: green milk or juice) Note: Day-flowering species previously included in Chlorogalum a separate lineage, now treated as Hooveria.
eFlora Treatment Author: David J. Keil & Judith A. Jernstedt
Reference: Taylor & Keil 2018 Phytoneuron 2018-67: 1--6.
Unabridged Reference: Hoover 1940 Madroño 5:137--147; Jernstedt 2006 FNANM 26:307--310
Species: Chlorogalum pomeridianumView Description 

Habit: Bulb 7--15 cm, coat membranous or with coarse fibers. Leaf: 20--70 cm, 6--25 mm wide; margin generally wavy. Inflorescence: 30--250 cm, much-branched; pedicels 5--35 mm, slender, +- >= perianth. Flower: not heterostylous; perianth parts spreading or recurved, 15--25 mm, linear, white, midvein green or purple; stamens < perianth, anthers +- 2 mm, purple or yellow, pollen yellow or cream; style 10--15 mm, < to > perianth. Fruit: 5--7 mm, spheric to +- lobed.

Chlorogalum pomeridianum (DC.) Kunth var. minus Hoover
Habit: Bulb coat membranous or with few coarse fibers. Inflorescence: 30--170 cm, erect or branches ascending. Chromosomes: n=18.
Ecology: Serpentine outcrops in chaparral; Elevation: generally < 750 m. Bioregional Distribution: NCoRI, SnFrB, SCoRO. Flowering Time: May--Jun
Unabridged Note: See note under Chlorogalum grandiflorum.
Jepson eFlora Author: David J. Keil & Judith A. Jernstedt
Reference: Taylor & Keil 2018 Phytoneuron 2018-67: 1--6.
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Citation for this treatment: David J. Keil & Judith A. Jernstedt 2020, Chlorogalum pomeridianum var. minus, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, Revision 8,, accessed on June 14, 2024.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2024, Jepson eFlora,, accessed on June 14, 2024.

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