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Key to Boerhavia

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

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1. Perianth red to purple (pale red);  herbfruit glandular hairy

2. Branches hairy, generally glandular; leaves throughout plant ..... B. coccinea

2' Branches ± glabrous; leaves ± in lower 1/2 of plant ..... B. diffusa

1' Perianth pale pink to white; annual; fruit glabrous

3. Inflorescence generally ending in umbels of 3–6(8) flowers or flowers 1 or paired ..... B. triquetra var. intermedia

3' Inflorescence ending in spike-like 

4. Bracts ± persistent, ± = fruit; fruit ribs generally 4; stem glandular-hairy ..... B. wrightii

4' Bracts deciduous, << fruit; fruit ribs generally 5; stem short-hairy ..... B. coulteri

5. Stems bright green, strongly  to perianth pale pink; fruits often overlapping 50–100% of their lengths, 2.5–3.6 mm, tips generally bluntly conic to round-truncate ..... var. coulteri

5' Stems ± purple,  to ascending; perianth pink; fruits overlapping 1–50% of their lengths or generally well spaced, 2–2.4+ mm, tips generally rounded ..... var. palmeri



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