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Key to Nemophila

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

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1. Stem with minute  prickles; lower leaves  ..... N. breviflora

1' Stem without reflexed prickles; lower leaves  (except Nemophila pulchella var. gracilis)

2. Corolla >= 10 mm wide (6–40 mm wide in Nemophila menziesii)

3. Seeds smooth or pitted; corolla with or without purple spot at  tips

4. Corolla 10–50 mm wide; style 3–6 mm ..... N. maculata

4' Corolla 2–10 mm wide; style < 2 mm ..... N. spatulata (2)

3' Seeds wrinkled and tubercled; corolla without purple spot at lobe tips ..... N. menziesii

5. Upper, lower leaves dissimilar, lower lobed, upper  to toothed

6. Lower leaves 5–7-lobed; corolla 6–15 mm wide ..... var. integrifolia (2)

6' Lower leaves 6–13-lobed; corolla 10–40 mm wide ..... var. menziesii (2)

5' Upper, lower leaves similar, deep-5–13-lobed

7. Corolla white, black-dotted from center ± to margin ..... var. atomaria

7' Corolla blue with white center or blue-veined, generally black-dotted at center ..... var. menziesii (2)

2' Corolla < 10(12) mm wide

8. Corolla generally filaments > corolla tube

9. Calyx appendages 1–4 mm in fruitseeds wrinkled and tubercled ..... N. menziesii var. integrifolia (2)

9' Calyx appendages 0–0.5 mm in fruit; seeds smooth or ± rough ..... N. pulchella

10. Corolla blue with white center, >> calyx; style 2–3 mm ..... var. pulchella

10' Corolla white, ± >= calyx; style <= 2 mm

11. Cauline leaves opposite; style < 1 mm; seeds 2–4 ..... var. fremontii

11' Cauline leaves alternate; style 1–2 mm; seed generally 1 ..... var. gracilis

8' Corolla bell- to bowl-shaped; filaments <= corolla tube

12. Corolla generally dark-veined, dotted,  occasionally purple-spotted

13. Leaf  to , deep-5–9-lobed ..... N. pedunculata

13' Leaf oblanceolate to spoon-shaped, shallow-3–5-lobed ..... N. spatulata (2)

12' Corolla not dark-veined, dotted, lobes not purple-spotted

14. Style 2–4 mm; lower leaves deep-lobed, lobes similar, generally well separated, stalked ..... N. heterophylla

14' Style < 2 mm; lower leaves cut or shallow-lobed, lobes dissimilar, merging or not stalked ..... N. parviflora

15. Upper leaves alternate, lobes deep, generally  ..... var. parviflora

15' Upper leaves opposite, lobes shallow, rounded or 

16. Leaf glabrous to bristly,  base  ..... var. austiniae

16' Leaf long-hairy, blade base  or  ..... var. quercifolia


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