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Vancouveria planipetala #5 | by J.G. in S.F.
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Vancouveria planipetala #5

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Berberidaceae - SW Oregon, NW California; generally, the natural range of the Coast Redwood, Sequoia sempervirens

Redwood Inside-out Flower; Redwood Ivy

Shown: Detail of flower emphasizing the true petals and petaloid sepals

 

"Vancouveria is a small genus of plants belonging to the barberry family. The three plants in this genus are known generally as inside-out flowers, and they are endemic to western North America. The genus was named after George Vancouver.

 

"Vancouveria planipetala is a species of flowering plant in the barberry family known by the common names redwood inside-out flower and redwood ivy. It is native to southwestern Oregon and northern California, where it occurs in coastal mountain ranges. It grows in forests, especially redwood forests. It is a rhizomatous perennial herb with a short, mostly underground stem. It produces a patch of basal leaves which are each made up of round or heart-shaped leaflets borne on long, reddish petioles. The inflorescence appears in May and June. It is a panicle of flowers on a long, erect peduncle. Each small, drooping flower has six inner sepals which look like petals. They are a few millimeters in length, white, and reflexed back, or upwards, away from the flower center. Lying against the sepals are the smaller true petals, which are white or purple-tinged and flat-tipped or notched. There are six stamens and a large glandular ovary." (Wikipedia)

 

My complete set of images of V. planipetala:

www.flickr.com/photos/jim-sf/sets/72157628219231911/

 

Photographed in my garden in San Francisco, California

 

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Taken on June 12, 2011