Vancouveria C. Morren & Decne.
  • Ann. Sci. Nat., Bot., sér. 2 2: 351. 1834.
  • Inside-out flower [for George Vancouver (1757-1798), English navigator and explorer]

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General Information

Herbs, perennial, evergreen or deciduous, 1-5 dm, glabrous, glandular-pubescent, or sparsely hairy. Rhizomes extensive, creeping, nodose, producing 3 or more foliage leaves and flowering shoots per year. Aerial stems absent. Leaves basal, alternate, 2-3-ternately compound (sometimes 3-5-foliolate in V . chrysantha ); petiole long, slender. Leaf blade deltate in overall outline; rachis without pulvinae; leaflet blades rhomboid or rounded pentagonal to ovate to oblong, shallowly 3-lobed, margins entire to sinuate; venation palmate. Inflorescences terminal, racemes or panicles, open. Flowers 3-merous, 6-14 mm; bracteoles 6-9, sepaloid; sepals 6, white to yellow; petals 6, white to yellow, hooded with tip reflexed or flat, bearing nectar; stamens 6; anthers dehiscing by 2 apically hinged flaps; pollen exine striate; ovaries ellipsoid; placentation marginal; style lateral. Fruits follicles, brown, asymmetric, generally elliptic, dehiscing by 2 valves. Seeds 4-7, black to reddish brown; aril whitish, covering ca. 1/2-2/3 of seed. x = 6.

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    Berg, R. Y. 1972. Dispersal ecology of Vancouveria (Berberidaceae). Amer. J. Bot. 59: 109-122. Stearn, W. T. 1938. Epimedium and Vancouveria, a monograph. J. Linn. Soc., Bot. 51: 409-535.

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    Other Local Names

    Inside-out flower [for George Vancouver (1757-1798), English navigator and explorer]

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    World Flora Online Data. 2018.
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