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glabrous or glabrate to densely hairy.





sepals not accrescent, lanceolate to lanceolate-ovate, 7.5–8 mm, abaxially and adaxially glabrous;

petals oblong, 7.5–8.5 mm, apex obtuse (not emarginate);

filaments 4.2–4.7 mm;

anthers ± 1 mm, usually dehiscing introrsely;

style 3–3.5 mm.


sepals accrescent or not;

petals flexed inward (curving over fruit) as fruits mature, usually white or greenish white, sometimes yellowish proximally, veins sometimes purplish or dark yellow proximally, aging or drying white, lilac, or pink, usually longer than sepals (shorter to slightly longer in L. floccosa), usually with marginal hairs basally (except L. floccosa subspp.


3–5, tubercles broad-based, platelike cones.


and floccosa).

Limnanthes floccosa subsp. pumila

Limnanthes sect. Inflexae

Phenology Flowering Mar–May.
Habitat Edges of deep vernal pools on lava flows
Elevation 600 m [2000 ft]

Of conservation concern.

Subspecies pumila is found only on the summits of Upper Table Rock and Lower Table Rock, in Jackson County.

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Species 3 (3 in the flora).

The species of sect. Inflexae are distributed from southwestern Oregon to southern California (San Diego County). Limnanthes montana occurs in the central Sierra Nevada. Limnanthes floccosa has one widespread subspecies, floccosa, occurring at lower elevations of the northern Sierra Nevada and Klamath Mountains, with some outliers in the Central Valley and Inner Coast Range, and four other subspecies of very limited distribution in northern California and southern Oregon. Limnanthes alba has two widespread subspecies, alba in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, and versicolor at higher elevations in the Sierra Nevada and Klamath Mountains, and two localized subspecies, gracilis in southwestern Oregon, and parishii in San Diego County.

(Discussion copyrighted by Flora of North America; reprinted with permission.)

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Parent taxa Limnanthaceae > Limnanthes > sect. Inflexae > Limnanthes floccosa Limnanthaceae > Limnanthes
Sibling taxa
L. floccosa subsp. bellingeriana, L. floccosa subsp. californica, L. floccosa subsp. floccosa, L. floccosa subsp. grandiflora
Subordinate taxa
L. alba, L. floccosa, L. montana
1.Petals 0.5-1.1 times longer than sepals.L. floccosa
1.Petals 1.25-2.25 times longer than sepals→ 2
2.Petals ca. 2.75 times as long as wide, aging or drying white; anthers 0.5-0.8(-1) mm.L. montana
2.Petals 1-1.5 times as long as wide, aging or drying pink or lilac; anthers 1-2 mm.L. alba
Synonyms L. pumila, L. floccosa var. pumila
Name authority (Howell) Arroyo: Brittonia 25: 187. (1973) C. T. Mason: Univ. Calif. Publ. Bot. 25: 473. (1952)
Source Flora of North America vol. 7, p. 183. Flora of North America vol. 7, p. 179.
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