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Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Ordo: Caryophyllales

Familia: Polygonaceae
Subfamilia: Eriogonoideae
Tribus: Eriogoneae
Genus: Mucronea
Species: M. californica – M. perfoliata

Mucronea Benth. London Edinburgh Philos. Mag. & J. Sci. ser. 3, 6: 379. (1835)

Type species: Mucronea californica Benth. in Trans. Linn. Soc. London 17: 419. 1836


Chorizanthe sect. Mucronea (Benth.) A.Gray Proc. Boston Soc. Nat. Hist. 7: 148. (1859)
Chorizanthe sect. Mucronea (Benth.) Roberty & Vautier Boissiera 10: 85. (1964) isonym


Bentham, G. 1835. London and Edinburgh Philosophical Magazine and Journal of Science. London ser. 3, 6: 379.
International Plant Names Index. 2017. Mucronea. Published online. Accessed: Mar. 11 2017.
Reveal, J.L. 2012. On the validation of Chorizanthe and Mucronea (Polygonaceae: Eriogoneae). Phytoneuron 2012-14: 1–2. Full text (PDF). Reference page.
Tropicos.org 2017. Mucronea. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2017 Mar. 11.

Mucronea is a genus of plants in the family Polygonaceae with two species restricted to California. Known generally as spineflowers, they are closely related to genus Chorizanthe. They are annual herbs producing slender, erect, glandular stems from taproots. The leaves are located around the base of the stem and wither quickly. The inflorescence is an open array of flowers, each blooming in an involucre of spiny bracts lined with awn-tipped teeth. The six-lobed flowers are white to pink.

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