14. Drymocallis rhomboidea (Rydberg) Rydberg, Monogr. N. Amer. Potentilleae. 203. 1898.
Siskiyou or globose drymocallis or wood beauty
Potentilla rhomboidea Rydberg, Bull. Torrey Bot. Club 23: 248. 1896; Drymocallis glandulosa (Lindley) Rydberg subsp. globosa (D. D. Keck) Soják; P. glandulosa Lindley subsp. globosa D. D. Keck
Caudex branches short. Stems ± tufted, 1.7–4.7 dm; base 1–3 mm diam., usually not septate-glandular. Leaves moderately to densely hairy; basal 5–12 cm, leaflet pairs 3; terminal leaflet obovate-elliptic, 1–2.5(–3) × 1–2(–2.5) cm, teeth single or double, 6–10 per side, apex obtuse to rounded; cauline 0–2, developed or reduced, leaflet pairs 2–3. Inflorescences 5–35-flowered, ± leafy, usually ± open, 1/3–2/3 of stem, wide, branch angles 15–60°. Pedicels 1–5 (proximal to 15) mm, predominantly short-hairy, usually not or sparsely, sometimes moderately, septate-glandular. Flowers opening narrowly; epicalyx bractlets linear-oblanceolate, 2–3.5 × 1 mm; sepals ± erect, 4–6(–8) mm, apex obtuse; petals not overlapping, ± erect, cream-white, usually narrowly obovate, sometimes oblanceolate, 3–5 × 2–3 mm, usually ± shorter than sepals; filaments 1.5–3 mm, anthers 0.6–1 mm; styles slender, 1.5–2.5 mm. Achenes light reddish brown, 1–1.2 mm. 2n = 14.
Flowering Jun–Jul(–Aug). Dry slopes and outcrops in open forests; 1200–2500 m; Calif., Oreg.
Drymocallis rhomboidea is centered in the Siskiyou Mountains. It differs from D. campanulata in its smaller, cream-white petals and globular flowers; in addition, the vestiture is usually predominantly short-hairy, except in scattered California populations. Plants from Mount Ashland, the type locality, tend to have more congested, leafier inflorescences than plants found elsewhere in the range.