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3. Myosurus apetalus Gay, Fl. Chil. 1: 31. 1845.

Herbs , 1.5-12.5 cm. Leaf blades linear or narrowly oblanceolate, 0.9-4 cm. Inflorescences: scapes 0.9-10.5 cm. Flowers: sepals 1-3-veined, scarious margins narrow or broad; petal claw 1-2 times as long as blade. Heads of achenes 4-26 × 1.5-2 mm, exserted beyond leaves. Achenes: outer face narrowly rhombic to elliptic or oblong, 1-2.2 × 0.4-1 mm, 2-5 times as high as wide, not bordered; beak 0.6-1.4 mm, 0.4-1 times as long as body of achene, diverging from outer face of achene, heads of achenes thus strongly roughened by projecting achene beaks.

Varieties 3 (2 in the flora): North America

The illegitimate names Myosurus aristatus Bentham ex Hooker and M . minimus var. aristatus (Bentham ex Hooker) B. Boivin have been used for this species.

The Navaho-Ramah used Myosurus apetalus medicinally as a life medicine and as a protection against witches (D.E. Moerman 1986, citing M . aristatus ).

1 Heads of achenes 4–9 mm; sepals 1-veined, scarious margins broad.   3a var. borealis
+ Heads of achenes 11–26 mm; sepals faintly 3-veined, scarious margins narrow.   3b var. montanus

Lower Taxa


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