Saturday, February 13, 2016

Pectocarya species (Pectocarya)

2/27/05 Pectocarya spp, Nude Wash, Anza Borrego Desert State Park, 
San Diego County, CA
CNPS (Riverside-San Bernardino Chapter) trip


COMMON NAME: Pectocarya

SPECIES: Pectocarya spp (unidentified)

FAMILY: Boraginaceae (Borage Family)


LOCATION: Nude Wash, Anza Borrego Desert State Park, San Diego County, CA


Treatment from The Jepson Manual (1993):



Stem 2–40 cm, strigose, breaking apart at nodes or not
Leaves generally alternate, generally 0.5–4 cm, ± linear, strigose to sharp-bristled
Inflorescence: pedicel in fruit generally free from nutlets, generally recurved
Flower: sepals generally < fruit, upper 2 in fruit generally > others; corolla 0.8–3 mm, white; style attached to receptacle, unbranched, generally persistent, stigma 1, head-like
Fruit: nutlets generally 4, spreading, 1–4.5 mm, generally paired, generally compressed, marginal prickles hooked at tip, not barbed; nutlet pairs or all 4 often dissimilar in shape, ornamentation, margin width
Species in genus: 15 species: CA to B.C., WY, TX, n Mex; also South America
Etymology: (Greek: comb nut, from dentate nutlet margins in some species)
Horticultural information: STBL.

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