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Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Cladus: Rosids
Cladus: Eurosids II
Ordo: Brassicales

Familia: Brassicaceae
Tribus: Boechereae
Genus: Anelsonia
Species: A. eurycarpa

Anelsonia J.F.Macbr. & Payson, 1917

Type species: Anelsonia eurycarpa (A.Gray) J.F.Macbr. & Payson


Macbride, J.F. & Payson, E.B., 1917. Bot. Gaz. 64: 81


Koch, M.A. et al. 2019. Anelsonia in BrassiBase Tools and biological resources to study characters and traits in the Brassicaceae. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2019 May 19.
International Plant Names Index. 2019. Anelsonia. Published online. Accessed: May 19 2019.
The Plant List 2013. Anelsonia in The Plant List Version 1.1. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2019 May 19.
Tropicos.org 2019. Anelsonia. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2019 May 19.

Vernacular names

Anelsonia is a monotypic genus in the family Brassicaceae containing the single species Anelsonia eurycarpa, which is known by the common name daggerpod. It is similar to Phoenicaulis cheiranthoides, but at present they are treated in separate genera. This species is a fleshy, hairy plant of higher-elevation mountain habitats throughout the western United States. Above the rosette of velvety, fingerlike leaves it bears densely packed inflorescences of tiny white flowers. The distinctive fruits develop and dwarf the rest of the plant under an array of saillike pod structures, each on a pedicel. The fruits are each 2 to 3 centimeters tall, elliptic, and papery to leathery across a span between stiff septa. They are white, often with areas of purple coloration, or brown. Within the folds of the fruit are several seeds. Anelsonia was named for the botanist Aven Nelson.

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