Calandrinia breweri

S. Watson

Proc. Amer. Acad. Arts 11: 124. 1876.

Basionym: Calandrinia menziesii var. macrocarpa A. Gray Proc. Calif. Acad. Sci. 3: 102. 1864
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 4. Treatment on page 460. Mentioned on page 459.

Stems prostrate to ascending, 10–45 cm. Leaf blades ± ovate to spatulate, 2–8 cm, glabrous. Flowers: sepals 4–6 mm; petals 3–5 mm; stamens 3–6; pedicel usually curved in fruit, 6–20 cm. Capsules usually exceeding calyx by 3+ mm. Seeds 10–15, 1–2 mm wide, partially or totally finely tuberculate at 30×.

Phenology: Flowering spring.
Habitat: Sandy to loamy soils, disturbed places, especially burns
Elevation: 20-1100 m


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Calif., Mexico (nw Baja California).


Calandrinia breweri is very similar to C. ciliata. In C. breweri, the fruit usually exceeds the calyx by 3 mm or more; in C. ciliata the fruit scarcely exceeds the calyx or does so by less than 3 mm. The most consistent character separating these two species is seed surface morphology viewed at 30×: Calandrinia breweri seeds are tuberculate to some degree, whereas C. ciliata seeds have a reticulate, nontuberculate surface.

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Lower Taxa