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Vascular Plants of California
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Key to Mertensia

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(For a list of species in Mertensia, use the above link.)

Jepson Manual glossary definitions can be seen by moving your cursor over words underlined with dots.

1. Corolla 6–10 mm, tubecalyx; nw KR ..... M. bella

1' Corolla 10–25 mm, tube > calyx; CaRH, SNH, GB

2. Plant ± sparse-spreading-hairy ..... M. cusickii

2' Plant glabrous to ± 

3. Plant 4–15 dm; lateral veins of cauline leaves conspicuous; wet places in mtns; flower Jun–Aug ..... M. ciliata var. stomatechoides

3' Plant generally < 4(5) dm; lateral veins of cauline leaves obscure; generally spring-moist places of plains, foothills; flower Apr–Jun

4. Basal leaves rare on flowering plants; cauline leaves generally 1.5–4 × longer than wide; corolla limb 0.3–0.5(0.6) × tube; stems generally 1–2, from shallow, tuber-like root ..... M. longiflora

4' Basal leaves generally well developed on flowering plants; cauline leaves generally 2.5–7 × longer than wide; corolla limb 0.5–0.8 × tube; stems many, from large fleshy taprooted  ..... M. oblongifolia

5. Leaf  ± glabrous; stem generally < 20 cm ..... var. nevadensis

5' Leaf blade hairy 1 or both surfaces; stem generally > 20 cm

6. Leaf blade hairy both surfaces ..... var. amoena

6' Leaf blade hairy adaxially ..... var. oblongifolia



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