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15. Drymocallis Fourreau ex Rydberg, Monogr. N. Amer. Potentilleae. 190, plate 102, figs. 1–5; plates 103–111. 1898.

Wood beauty [Greek drymos, woods, and kallos, beauty]

Barbara Ertter

Potentilla Linnaeus [unranked] Closterostyles Torrey & A. Gray; Potentilla sect. Closterostyles (Torrey & A. Gray) Baillon; Potentilla subg. Closterostyles (Torrey & A. Gray) Juzepczuk; Potentilla sect. Rupestres Poeverlein

Herbs, perennial, 0.5–10 dm, sparsely to densely short eglandular-hairy, long septate-glandular, and peglike-glandular; tufted or openly rhizomatous. Stems 1–20+, ± erect, ˂green, reddish, or stramineous˃. Leaves marcescent or winter-persistent, primarily basal, ˂cauline 0–4, gradually or abruptly reduced distally˃, alternate, odd-pinnate; stipules persistent, basally adnate to petiole, narrowly to broadly triangular-ovate to rounded, margins entire to ± toothed; petiole present; blade oblanceolate-oblong in outline, 1–25 cm, foliaceous, leaflets 5–13(–21), ˂distinct, terminal not confluent with distalmost lateral pair, not or scarcely overlapping˃, obovate or elliptic-ovate to flabellate or rhombic, margins flat, singly or doubly toothed, venation ± pinnate. Inflorescences terminal, 2–50(–60)-flowered, narrowly to widely cymose, open or congested; bracts present, leaflike or reduced; bracteoles absent. Pedicels present, ˂straight˃. Flowers 3–25 mm diam. (smallest ones with erect petals); epicalyx bractlets 5; hypanthium shallowly cupulate, 0.5–3 × 2.5–7 mm; sepals 5, spreading to reflexed or erect, narrowly to broadly triangular-ovate; petals 5, white to pale or bright yellow, rarely red-tinged (D. pseudorupestris var. crumiana), narrowly to broadly ovate-elliptic or obovate to round; stamens 20–30(–40), shorter than petals, ˂anthers: connective broad, theca single, horseshoe-shaped, dehiscing by continuous slit˃; torus hemispheric to conic; carpels 10–80, glabrous, styles sub-basal, ˂fusiform, medially rough-thickened˃; ovule 1. Fruits aggregated achenes, individually deciduous, 10–80 or less, obliquely ovoid, 0.7–1.5 mm, glabrous; hypanthium persistent; sepals persistent, erect; styles tardily deciduous, ˂jointed˃. x = 7.

Species 25–30 (15 in the flora): North America, nw Mexico, Eurasia; mostly temperate areas.

The convergence of morphologic (J. Soják 1985[1989]) and molecular (T. Eriksson et al. 1998; M. Lundberg et al. 2009; C. Dobeš and J. Paule 2010) evidence shows that the species formerly placed in Potentilla sect. Rupestres or subg. Closterostyles belong in Fragariinae, separate from Potentilla in the strict sense. Drymocallis has accordingly been resurrected for this complex of species, which has centers of radiation in western North America, southeastern Europe, and central Asia (A. Kurtto and Eriksson 2003; B. Ertter 2007; Soják 2006, 2011). Molecular studies by Lundberg et al. suggest that North American and Eurasian species form separate clades and hint at a possible hybrid origin of the genus.

In addition to anthers with a broad connective ringed by a single horseshoe shaped theca (shared with other Fragariinae), Drymocallis is characterized by fusiform styles attached near the bases of the achenes. Leaves are odd-pinnate with a distinct terminal leaflet, in contrast to some superficially similar species of Horkelia. Vestiture consists of various proportions of septate glands to 2 mm, subsessile peglike glands, short spreading eglandular hairs, and, less frequently, rigid bristles to 1.5 mm.

The North American members of the genus, as Potentilla glandulosa and allies, were studied by J. Clausen et al. (1940) in their seminal biosystematic experiments. They determined that the complex consists of a wide diversity of often highly localized ecotypes differing from one another ecologically, physiologically, and morphologically. They also demonstrated that hybrids between those ecotypes are readily generated, aided by a uniform diploid chromosome number of 2n = 14, and that intergradation zones where ecotypes intersect are the norm. Faced with this biosystematic complexity, D. D. Keck (in Clausen et al.) recognized P. arguta, P. fissa, and P. glandulosa, with additional ecotypic variation treated as subspecies of P. arguta and P. glandulosa.

During preparation of the present treatment, it became apparent that the outline by D. D. Keck did not adequately accommodate current evidence of variation in North American Drymocallis, especially beyond California. Subspecies accepted by Keck appeared no more closely related within a species than between species, and extremes of variation occurred beyond those addressed by Keck. The treatment here is an unabashedly provisional alternate framework, which may provide an improved foundation and incentive for much-needed further research on a relatively neglected genus.

The potentially most controversial aspect of this approach is the recognition of more of the variation within Drymocallis at the species level, with full acknowledgment that any attempt to recognize formal taxa in North American Drymocallis will be compromised by wide zones of intergradation and populations that defy placement. The alternative is to accept broadly defined taxa in which the extensive variation is disregarded, including variation of conservation significance and/or comparable to species currently recognized in Eurasia (A. Kurtto and T. Eriksson 2003; J. Soják 2011). Here, species are used for relatively cohesive core populations sharing multiple characteristics in a definable ecogeographic setting, even in the absence of sharp morphologic boundaries. Varieties are used where differences are less distinct and/or the intergradations more complex.

Among the more outstanding unresolved questions are plants from the Pacific Northwest that have been called Drymocallis valida (Greene) Piper [Potentilla valida Greene], which combine features of D. convallaria and D. glabrata. Variation in the Pacific Northwest is generally in critical need of careful analysis, as is that in other major zones of intergradation (for example, northern Great Basin, New Mexico, southern Utah). More collections with basal leaves, fully developed inflorescences, and careful note of petal orientation and color (which becomes unreliable upon drying) will help significantly in identification and future analyses.

In the descriptions, stems refer to flowering stems, with stem length including the inflorescence. Cauline leaves are on the unbranched portion of the stem. Counts of leaflet teeth include all primary teeth and, when double, significant secondary teeth. The inflorescence comprises the branched portion of the stem, including the proximalmost ramification; the fraction of total stem comprised of inflorescence is indicated in each species description. Leafy inflorescences are those in which bracts at the proximal nodes are well developed, that is, generally more than half as long as the subtended internode. Shorthand terms describing inflorescence architecture (for example, congested, narrow) are followed by more precise numeric counterparts. The diagnostic value of pedicel vestiture derives from the relative proportion of short (0.2 mm) simple eglandular hairs and longer septate glands. Epicalyx bractlets are usually simple but sometimes doubled, bilobed, or otherwise toothed; shape and measurements are based on the simple form. Sepal and petal orientation (erect, spreading-reflexed) are at flowering; all tend to be erect in fruit. Numeric ranges given here (for example, stem and flower number), derived from wild-collected herbarium specimens, are sometimes greatly exceeded by the ranges reported by J. Clausen et al. (1940) for cultivated plants.

SELECTED REFERENCES Clausen, J., D. D. Keck, and W. M. Hiesey. 1940. Experimental studies on the nature of species. I. Effect of varied environments on western North American plants. Publ. Carnegie Inst. Wash. 520. Ertter, B. 2007. Generic realignments in tribe Potentilleae and revision of Drymocallis (Rosoideae: Rosaceae) in North America. J. Bot. Res. Inst. Texas 1: 31–46. Rydberg, P. A. 1908. Drymocallis. In: N. L. Britton et al., eds. 1905+. North American Flora.... 47+ vols. New York. Vol. 22, pp. 366–376.

1 Flowers opening narrowly (petals and sepals ± erect); styles slender, (1–)1.5–2.5 mm   (2)
+ Flowers opening widely (petals and sepals ± spreading to reflexed); styles thickened, 0.8–1.5 mm   (4)
2 (1) Petals broadly obovate, 5–11 × (3–)5–8 mm; pedicels predominantly septate-glandular; c Oregon.   13 Drymocallis campanulata
+ Petals narrowly obovate, 2–5 × 1.5–3 mm; pedicels predominantly short-hairy; sw Oregon and California   (3)
3 (2) Petals cream-white; epicalyx bractlets 2–3.5 × 1 mm; pedicels 1–5(–15) mm; nw California, sw Oregon.   14 Drymocallis rhomboidea
+ Petals yellow; epicalyx bractlets 1–2 × 0.5 mm; pedicels 2–15(–30) mm; s California.   15 Drymocallis cuneifolia
4 (1) Basal leaves with (4–)5–6(–10) pairs of leaflets, cauline with 4–6(–10) pairs; anthers (0.7–)1–1.4 mm; mostly e of Continental Divide.   1 Drymocallis fissa
+ Basal leaves with (1–)2–5 pairs of leaflets, cauline with 1–4 pairs; anthers 0.5–1 mm; w of Continental Divide (except D. arguta)   (5)
5 (4) Pedicels predominantly short-hairy, often velutinous, septate glands absent or sparsely to moderately abundant but fewer than short hairs   (6)
+ Pedicels predominantly septate-glandular, short hairs absent or sparsely to moderately abundant, fewer than septate glands   (9)
6 (5) Petals shorter than sepals; inflorescences leafy; Utah, Wyoming   (7)
+ Petals usually longer than, sometimes equal to, sepals; inflorescences not leafy; California, Nevada, Oregon   (8)
7 (6) Petals 2–5 mm, cream-white; sepals 4–7(–9) mm; pedicels 1–5 mm.   5 Drymocallis micropetala
+ Petals (4–)6–10 mm, cream-white to light yellow; sepals (5–)6–12(–15) mm; pedicels 2–20 mm.   11 Drymocallis deseretica
8 (6) Stem bases septate-glandular, (1–)2–4 mm diam.; leaflet teeth single to double.   6 Drymocallis hansenii (in part)
+ Stem bases usually not septate-glandular, 1–2.5 mm diam.; leaflet teeth usually single.   7 Drymocallis lactea (in part)
9 (5) Inflorescences narrowly branched (branch angles 5–25°) or too congested to determine branch angles   (10)
+ Inflorescences widely branched (branch angles 15–60°), usually open   (15)
10 (9) Terminal leaflets obtuse to acute, usually densely hairy; teeth 15–30 per side (including 2° and 3° teeth); inflorescences usually less than 1/5 of stems; e of Continental Divide.   3 Drymocallis arguta
+ Terminal leaflets usually rounded to obtuse, sometimes acute (D. arizonica), moderately hairy to glabrate; teeth (4–)6–18(–20) per side, inflorescences often more than 1/5 of stems; w of Continental Divide   (11)
11 (10) Petals narrowly obovate-elliptic, 1.5–2.5 mm wide, yellow; s California.   12 Drymocallis glandulosa (in part)
+ Petals broadly obovate to obovate-elliptic, 2.5–7 mm wide, most often cream-white to light yellow; widespread, not s California   (12)
12 (11) Stems usually ± tufted, (1–)2–6 dm, base 1.5–3 mm diam   (13)
+ Stems usually solitary, sometime tufted, (3–)4–9(–10) dm, base (1–)2–5 mm diam   (14)
13 (12) Petals 3–6 × 2.5–5 mm, shorter than or equal to sepals; basal leaves: leaflet pairs (2–)3–4(–5); cauline leaves 1–4; Arizona, Utah.   2 Drymocallis arizonica
+ Petals 5–9 × 4–7 mm, equal to or longer than sepals; basal leaves: leaflet pairs 2–3(–4); cauline leaves 0–2; sw Oregon.   8 Drymocallis ashlandica (in part)
14 (12) Inflorescences congested to open, usually less than 1/3 of stem; pedicels predominantly septate-glandular; sepals acute; widespread, not California.   4 Drymocallis convallaria
+ Inflorescences open, usually more than 1/3 of stem; pedicels sparsely to moderately septate-glandular; sepals acute to acuminate; c California.   6 Drymocallis hansenii (in part)
15 (9) Petals shorter than or equal to sepals, narrowly to broadly obovate or ovate to nearly round, 2–6.5 × 1.5–5.5 mm, not overlapping; sepal apices usually broadly obtuse with mucronate tip; most common w of Sierran-Cascade axis.   12 Drymocallis glandulosa (in part)
+ Petals usually longer than sepals, ± broadly obovate, (3–)4–12 × 3–11 mm, often overlapping; sepal apices usually ± acute, sometimes ± obtuse with mucronate tip; mostly on and e of Sierran-Cascade axis   (16)
16 (15) Terminal leaflet apices obtuse to acute; inflorescences leafy; pedicels 5–40(–45) mm; epicalyx bractlets linear-oblanceolate, 0.5–1 mm wide; petals usually bright, sometimes pale, yellow.   10 Drymocallis glabrata
+ Terminal leaflet apices rounded to truncate, sometimes ± obtuse; inflorescences not or ± leafy; pedicels 2–20(–40) mm; epicalyx bractlets linear to elliptic-ovate, (0.5–)1–2 mm wide; petals cream-white to bright yellow   (17)
17 (16) Stems usually less than 2.5 dm, often loosely spaced from elongate caudex branches; petals narrowly to broadly obovate; usually in rocky habitats.   9 Drymocallis pseudorupestris (in part)
+ Stems usually more than 2 dm, usually ± tufted from short caudex branches (except variety of D. pseudorupestris—see couplet 19); petals broadly obovate; in various habitats   (18)
18 (17) Inflorescences congested, less than 1/4 of stem.   8 Drymocallis ashlandica (in part)
+ Inflorescences open, usually more than 1/4 of stem   (19)
19 (18) Terminal leaflet: teeth usually single, 4–10(–12) per side; petals (cream-white) pale to bright yellow; California, w Nevada, Oregon.   7 Drymocallis lactea (in part)
+ Terminal leaflet: teeth mostly double, (5–)8–15 per side; petals cream-white to pale yellow; n Idaho, Montana, Wyoming.   9 Drymocallis pseudorupestris (in part)

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