Protologue: Pittonia 2: 236 (1892)
Pronunciation: Sál-vi-a mel-lí-fera
Etymology: "to save" + "honey-bearing"
Jepson eFlora Treatment
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A woody shrub, common member of coastal sage scrub community in San Diego County and adjacent regions.
Leaves are opposite, like viturally all family members. Note the rugose leaf surface and crenate to crenulate margins.
Close up of the verticillaster, a type of thyrse having very congested cymes (flowers appear whorled at nodes).
Left: Flower cross-section, showing ring of hairs within corolla, pistil with superior ovary, club-shaped staminode,
and jointed anther connective bearing one theca.
Right: Ovary close-up, showing 4 lobes and gynobasic style, typical of family.
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