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[Bowlesia septentrionalis Coult. & Rose]
Plant: Plant 0.5-6 dm, taprooted, stellate-hairy; stem decumbent to erect, branched Leaves: opposite; petiole 1.5-12 cm; blade 0.5-3 cm, round-reniform, lobes 5-9, ± halfway to base, widely lanceolate to round, generally obtuse INFLORESCENCE: umbels simple, few-flowered, axillary, ± sessile; bracts lanceolate Flowers: many, small; calyx lobes minute; petals oblong-ovate, yellowish green, tip not narrowed, not incurved; stamens 5; pistil 1, ovary inferior, 2-chambered, generally with a ± conic, persistent projection or platform on top subtending 2 free styles Fruit: 2 dry, 1-seeded halves that separate from each other but generally remain attached for some time to a central axis, 1.5-2 mm, ovate to round, inflated, cylindric or ± 4-angled or slightly compressed front-to-back, stellate-hairy, prickly, or nearly glabrous; ribs obscure; fruit central axis not an obvious structure; Seed: face ± flat Misc: Shade of trees, rocks, shrubs; 20-1400 m. References: W.B. McDougal. Seed Plants of Northern Arizona. J.C. Hickman, ed. The Jepson Manual. A. Cronquist. An integrated system of classification of flowering plants. ASU specimens.
Wiggins 1964, Kearney and Peebles 1969, Jepson 2014
Duration: Annual Nativity: Native Lifeform: Forb/Herb General: Delicate winter-spring annual herb with stellate hairs throughout; stems weak, 4-45 cm, slender, prostrate and dichotomously branching. Leaves: Opposite, petioled, palmately lobed with 5 or 7 broad lobes, leaves wider than long, 10-23 mm wide, entire to dentate. Flowers: Inconspicuous in unbranched axillary umbels of 2-6 flowers; sepals and petals scalelike, 0.5 mm, the corolla greenish white; peduncles shorter than petioles. Fruits: Green schizocarp splitting into 2 single-seeded segments, each ovate-globose, 1-2 mm, stellate-pubescent, turgid; fruits sessile or nearly so. Ecology: Found in shaded places, under bushes and canopies, and especially beneath shrubs on north-facing arroyo banks, from below 3,500 ft (1067 m); flowers January-June. Distribution: sw US from CA to TX; south to S. Amer. Notes: Distinguished by its pale green color; weak sprawling habit and tendency to form an extensive mat; the downy, star-shaped hairs that cover the entire plant; and 5-lobed leaves. Ethnobotany: In the Andes it is used to make a tea for breakfast, or to treat a cough or intestinal inflammation. Etymology: Bowlesia is named for William Bowles (1705-1780) an Irish naturalist, while incana means grayish or hoary. Synonyms: Bowlesia septentrionalis Editor: SBuckley 2010, AHazelton 2015