H. drummondii (left) & H. reverchonii var. serpyllifolia details. (A: stem, B: peduncle, C: pedicel, D: petiole, F: bracteole)
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Peduncle Trichomes in the Hedeoma drummondii complex
by Bob Harms  email-here

R. Irving's 1980 (Sida 8:257-9) article limits his description of peduncles for the H. drummondii complex taxa to:

H. d.
inconspicuous to ca 1.5 mm long
H. r. r.
inconspicuous to ca 1.5 mm long
H. r. s.
1.0-1.5 mm long

The Hedeoma inflorescence is an axillary cyme with pedicels (& bracteoles, flowers) arising from a very short peduncle. The trichomes of the peduncle are greatly reduced, continuing a reduction in those at the base of the pedicel, more sparse than those, and generally greatly reduced on the surface against the leaf/peduncle, often appearing glabrous unless viewed under strong magnification. They are retrorsely oriented, morphologically similar to those of the pedicel & stem, thus being easily distinguished in the images below from the closely associated bracteoles, petioles & leaves.

H. drummondii

H. reverchonii var. reverchonii

H. reverchonii var. serpyllifolia


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