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Linanthus inyoensis

Higher Taxonomy
Family: PolemoniaceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key
Habit: Annual, perennial herb, shrub, vine. Leaf: simple or compound, cauline (or most basal), alternate or opposite; stipules 0. Inflorescence: cymes, heads, clusters, or flower 1; bracts in involucres or not. Flower: sepals generally 5, fused at base, translucent membrane generally connecting lobes, torn by fruit; corolla generally 5-lobed, radial or bilateral, salverform to bell-shaped, throat often well defined; stamens generally 5, epipetalous, attached at >= 1 level, filaments of >= 1 length, pollen white, yellow, blue, or red; ovary superior, chambers generally 3, style 1, stigmas generally 3. Fruit: capsule. Seed: 1--many, when wetted swelling or not, gelatinous or not.
Genera In Family: 26 genera, 314 species: America, northern Europe, northern Asia; some cultivated (Cantua, Cobaea (cup-and-saucer vine), Collomia, Gilia, Ipomopsis, Linanthus, Phlox). Note: Leptodactylon moved to Linanthus.
eFlora Treatment Author: Robert Patterson, family description, key to genera, except as noted
Scientific Editor: Robert Patterson, Thomas J. Rosatti.
Genus: LinanthusView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Annual, perennial herb, subshrub. Stem: generally erect, generally branched from base. Leaf: cauline, alternate or opposite, entire or lobes 3--9, pinnate or palmate, linear to narrow-lanceolate or spoon-shaped. Inflorescence: open or dense clusters or cyme or flower 1; bracts leaf-like; flowers sessile or not. Flower: corolla funnel-shaped, salverform, or bell-shaped; stamens attached at 1 level, included or exserted, pollen yellow. Fruit: capsule, valves 3(4). Seed: generally many, when wet gelatinous to not.
Species In Genus: 25 species: western North America. Etymology: (Greek: flax flower) Note: Other taxa in TJM (1993) moved to Leptosiphon. Linanthus bernardinus described since TJM2 (Fraga & Bell 2012 Aliso 30: 97--102).
eFlora Treatment Author: Robert Patterson & J. Mark Porter
Reference: Porter & Johnson 2000 Aliso 19:55--91
Linanthus inyoensis (I.M. Johnst.) J.M. Porter & L.A. Johnson
Stem: 3--10 cm, branches spreading, fine-glandular, white-hairy below. Leaf: white-jointed-hairy; basal few, 4--8 mm, oblanceolate to obovate, entire or toothed; cauline 3--6 mm, spreading or recurved, lower entire or toothed, upper entire. Inflorescence: flowers 2 per stem; pedicels spreading, 4--8 mm, thread-like. Flower: calyx 2--4 mm, tube < 1 mm; corolla 4--7 mm, tube, throat yellow, included in calyx, lobes white, obovate, short-pointed; stamens attached near tube base, +- equal, exserted, style +- exserted. Fruit: 2--4 mm. Seed: 10--15 per chamber, generally not gelatinous when wet.
Ecology: Common. Open, sandy flats in pine forest or sagebrush scrub; Elevation: 1900--2600 m. Bioregional Distribution: s SNH, SNE; Distribution Outside California: Nevada. Flowering Time: Apr--Jul
Synonyms: Gilia inyoensis I.M. Johnst.; Gilia inyoensis var. breviuscula (Jeps.) Jeps.
Jepson eFlora Author: Robert Patterson & J. Mark Porter
Reference: Porter & Johnson 2000 Aliso 19:55--91
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Citation for this treatment: Robert Patterson & J. Mark Porter 2015, Linanthus inyoensis, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, Revision 3, /eflora/eflora_display.php?tid=80356, accessed on June 12, 2021.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2021, Jepson eFlora,, accessed on June 12, 2021.

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