Descurainia longepedicellata

(E. Fournier) O. E. Schulz

in H. G. A. Engler, Pflanzenr. 86[IV,105]: 324. 1924.

Basionym: Sisymbrium longepedicellatum E. Fournier Recherches Anat. Taxon. Fam. Crucifèr., 59. 1865
Synonyms: Descurainia brachycarpa var. eglandulosa (Thellung) O. E. Schulz Descurainia incisa subsp. filipes (A. Gray) Rollins Descurainia incisa var. filipes (A. Gray) N. H. Holmgren Descurainia longepedicellata var. glandulosa O. E. Schulz Descurainia pinnata subsp. filipes (A. Gray) Detling Descurainia pinnata var. filipes (A. Gray) M. Peck Descurainia rydbergii var. eglandulosa O. E. Schulz Hesperis longepedicellata (A. Gray) A. Heller Sisymbrium brachycarpum var. filipes (A. Gray) J. F. Macbride Sisymbrium incisum var. filipes A. Gray Sisymbrium incisum var. xerophilum E. Fournier Sisymbrium longepedicellatum var. glandulosum (O. E. Schulz) H. St. John Sophia filipes Sophia glandifera Sophia gracilis Sophia longepedicellata
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 7. Treatment on page 524. Mentioned on page 520, 525.

Annuals; usually eglandular, rarely glandular; moderately to sparsely pubescent, often glabrous distally, not canescent, trichomes dendritic. Stems erect, unbranched or branched proximally, often branched distally, (1.5–)3–6.2(–8.5) dm. Basal leaves: petiole 0.4–3.5 cm; blade pinnate, ovate to oblanceolate in outline, 1.5–7 cm, lateral lobes linear or oblong, margins entire or dentate to incised. Cauline leaves sessile or shortly petiolate; blade smaller distally, lobes linear to filiform, margins entire, surfaces usually glabrous, rarely pubescent. Racemes considerably elongated in fruit. Fruiting pedicels horizontal to divaricate, straight, (8–)10–15(–20) mm. Flowers: sepals ascending, yellow, oblong, 1.5–2 mm, glabrous; petals narrowly oblanceolate, 1.7–2.6 cm × 0.5–1 mm; median filaments 1.5–2 mm; anthers 0.3–0.4 mm. Fruits erect, linear, not torulose, (9–)12–17 × 0.8–1.1 mm, (straight or slightly curved inward); valves each with obscure midvein; septum not veined; ovules 18–32 per ovary; style 0.1–0.2 mm, glabrous. Seeds uniseriate, reddish brown, oblong, 1–1.3 × 0.6–0.7 mm. 2n = 14.

Phenology: Flowering Apr–Jul.
Habitat: Sandy plains and banks, dry washes, open hillsides, sagebrush and juniper or pine communities, grasslands
Elevation: 200-2100 m


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B.C., Ariz., Colo., Idaho, Mont., Nev., Oreg., Utah, Wash., Wyo.


L. E. Detling (1939) treated Descurainia longepedicellata as subsp. filipes of D. pinnata, whereas R. C. Rollins (1993) and N. H. Holmgren (2005b) treated it as a subspecies and variety, respectively, of D. incisa. Molecular data, both nuclear and plastidic (B. E. Goodson 2007), place the three taxa in different, well-supported clades.

R. C. Rollins (1993) and N. H. Holmgren (2005b) reported 2n = 28 and 42 for Descurainia longepedicellata (as D. pinnata var. filipes), but these counts are not vouchered. Rollins indicated that the taxon range extends into California and New Mexico; we have not seen material from those states.

Descurainia longepedicellata resembles D. incisa subsp. paysonii in having long fruiting pedicels and linear leaf lobes with entire margins. The latter is easily distinguished by being canescent (versus not canescent) and having fruits strongly curved inward (versus straight). Because the two taxa are not closely related (B. E. Goodson 2007), the similarities in fruiting pedicels and distalmost leaf segments represent convergence.

Selected References


Lower Taxa

Barbara E. Goodson +  and Ihsan A. Al-Shehbaz +
(E. Fournier) O. E. Schulz +
Sisymbrium longepedicellatum +
B.C. +, Ariz. +, Colo. +, Idaho +, Mont. +, Nev. +, Oreg. +, Utah +, Wash. +  and Wyo. +
200-2100 m +
Sandy plains and banks, dry washes, open hillsides, sagebrush and juniper or pine communities, grasslands +
Flowering Apr–Jul. +
in H. G. A. Engler, Pflanzenr. +
Descurainia brachycarpa var. eglandulosa +, Descurainia incisa subsp. filipes +, Descurainia incisa var. filipes +, Descurainia longepedicellata var. glandulosa +, Descurainia pinnata subsp. filipes +, Descurainia pinnata var. filipes +, Descurainia rydbergii var. eglandulosa +, Hesperis longepedicellata +, Sisymbrium brachycarpum var. filipes +, Sisymbrium incisum var. filipes +, Sisymbrium incisum var. xerophilum +, Sisymbrium longepedicellatum var. glandulosum +, Sophia filipes +, Sophia glandifera +, Sophia gracilis +  and Sophia longepedicellata +
Descurainia longepedicellata +
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