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4. Lechea intermedia Leggett ex Britton, Bull. Torrey Bot. Club. 21: 252. 1894.

Large-pod pinweed Large-pod pinweed

Herbs, perennial. Stems: basal produced; flowering erect to decumbent or arcuate-ascending, (3–)5–60 cm, sericeous. Leaves of flowering stems alternate or subopposite; blade elliptic-lanceolate or lanceolate to oblanceolate, 10–25 × 1.5–5 mm, apex acute, abaxial surface hairy on midvein and margins, adaxial glabrous. Pedicels 1 per axil, 1.5–3 mm. Flowers: calyx 1.9–2.3 mm, outer sepals shorter than inner. Capsules broadly ovoid, depressed-globose, or subglobose, 1.8–2 × 1.7–2.1 mm, shorter to ± equaling calyx. Seeds 4–6, <membranous coat gray>.

Varieties 4 (4 in the flora): North America.

Lechea intermedia can be easily recognized by the membranous layer surrounding the seeds, a feature shared only with L. divaricata.

1 Capsules depressed-globose, ± equaling calyx; inner sepals broadly ovate, apex obtuse.   4a Lechea intermedia var. intermedia
+ Capsules subglobose to broadly ovoid, shorter than calyx; inner sepals elliptic-ovate, apex subacute   (2)
2 (1) Flowering stems decumbent to arcuate-ascending, 3–12 cm.   4b Lechea intermedia var. depauperata
+ Flowering stems erect, 25–60 cm   (3)
3 (2) Leaves of basal stems mostly 4-ranked; blades elliptic-lanceolate.   4c Lechea intermedia var. juniperina
+ Leaves of basal stems mostly 2-ranked; blades lanceolate to oblanceolate.   4d Lechea intermedia var. laurentiana

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