Jepson eFlora: Key page
Vascular Plants of California
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Key to Cleomaceae

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

1. Shrubfruitcapsule, inflated; petals 4–5 mm wide ..... Peritoma arborea

1' Annual, short-lived  herb; fruit a capsule, not or ± inflated, or 2 nutlets; petals < 4 mm wide

2. Flowers in  headsstyle in fruit stout, spine-like; fruit 2 nutlets ..... OXYSTYLIS

2' Flowers in ± terminal racemes or 1 in  axils; style in fruit stout or not but not spine-like; fruit 2 nutlets or a capsule

3. Stamens 8–32; ovary ± ; fruit a capsule, valves persistent ..... POLANISIA

3' Stamens 6; ovary on stalk-like receptacle; fruit 2 nutlets or a capsule, valves deciduous

4. Fruit 2 nutlets, each 1(3)-seeded; septum 1 mm wide ..... WISLIZENIA

4' Fruit a capsule, 2–many-seeded; septum 1–25 mm wide

5. Fruit 2–6 mm, often wider than long; septum  to round ..... CLEOMELLA

5' Fruit generally 12–55 mm, longer than wide; septum  to 

6. Inflorescence open, few-flowered; receptacle in fruit 2–5 mm; anthers 3–6 mm ..... CARSONIA

6' Inflorescence dense, many-flowered; receptacle in fruit 5–18 mm; anthers 1.8–2.6 mm ..... PERITOMA



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