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28. Ivesia multifoliolata (Torrey) D. D. Keck, Lloydia. 1: 125. 1938[1939].

Coconino ivesia, red comarella

Horkelia multifoliolata Torrey in L. Sitgreaves, Rep. Exped. Zuni Colorado Rivers, 159. 1853; Comarella multifoliolata (Torrey) Rydberg; Potentilla multifoliolata (Torrey) Kearney & Peebles

Plants green. Stems ascending to erect, 2–6 dm. Basal leaves 6–25(–30) cm; sheathing base minutely glandular abaxially; petiole 0.5–8(–10) cm; leaflets 12–30 per side, obovate to broadly cuneate, 5–12(–15) mm, incised 1/3–1/2 to base into 3–5 oblong to ovate teeth, sometimes entire, sparsely short-strigose to -villous, sometimes glabrate. Inflorescences (5–)8–60-flowered, 2–12 cm diam. Pedicels 5–30(–35) mm. Flowers 9–12 mm diam.; epicalyx bractlets narrowly lanceolate to lanceolate, 1–2 mm; hypanthium interior brick- to blood-red or golden, 0.5–1.5 × 3–5 mm; sepals 3–4.5 mm, base brick- to blood-red adaxially, apex acute to acuminate; petals brick- to blood-red, linear to oblanceolate or narrowly elliptic, 2–3.5 mm; stamens 5, filaments 1.3–2 mm, anthers maroon, oblong, 0.6–0.9 mm; carpels 1–5, styles 2–3 mm. Achenes brown, 2–2.5 mm. 2n = 28.

Flowering summer. Dry flats and slopes, on gravelly volcanic or sandstone soil, often along seasonal stream courses, in oak and conifer woodlands; of conservation concern; 1800–2400 m; Ariz.

Ivesia multifoliolata is found between the Grand Canyon and Mogollon Rim in northern Arizona. It is both the only species of the genus with red petals and the only one that overlaps the range of the red-petaled Potentilla sect. Rubrae.


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