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5. Asarum hartwegii S. Watson, Proc. Amer. Acad. Arts. 10: 346. 1875.

Rhizomes erect or ascending, deeply buried, internodes 0.2-1.3 cm. Leaves: petiole 9-21 cm, sparsely crisped-hirsute. Leaf blade almost always variegate with white or silver along veins, cordate to cordate-reniform, 5.3-10 × 7-14 cm, apex rounded-acute to rounded; surfaces abaxially appressed-hirsute, usually sparsely so, adaxially glabrous or sparsely hirsute along veins, marginal hairs strongly curved toward apex. Flowers erect; peduncle 1-2.3 cm; false calyx tube cylindric, externally reddish, sometimes mottled red and green, hirsute, internally white with brownish purple stripes and white hairs (becoming brown with age); distal portion of sepal usually spreading at anthesis, sometimes reflexed or nearly erect, 12-27 mm, apex filiform-attenuate, abaxially reddish, hirsute, adaxially reddish, puberulent with crisped pale hairs; pollen sacs 2 mm, sterile tip of connective on inner stamens pale (sometimes dark in dried specimens), 3-5 mm, longer than pollen sacs. 2 n = 26.

Flowering spring-summer (Apr-Jul). Rocky slopes in dry conifer or oak forests; 150-2200 m; Calif.

Asarum hartwegii was confused with A . marmoratum until very recently; reports of A . hartwegii from southern Oregon are errors for A . marmoratum (M. R. Mesler and K. L. Lu 1990).


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