Paeonia brownii(1)

Perennials, glabrous throughout except for leaf margins. Roots all slightly fusiform, up to 2.4 cm in diameter, brown—black outside. Caudex (rhizomes) up to 12 cm long, 0.6—1.3 cm in diameter; stems 15-48 cm tall, up to 1 cm in diameter, with 5-7 scales at the base, usually with no branches but sometimes with fertile or sterile branches. Lower leaves biternate with 9 leaflets, petioles 3—7 cm long; each leaflet with several segments, each segments with several final lobes; segments 0.3-2.0 cm wide; final lobes 59—110 in total, oblong or ovate-lanceolate, rounded or acute, sometimes mucronate at the apex, 0.2—1.2 cm wide, margins thickened and recurved, sometimes with bristles. Flowers terminal, solitary or up to 4 on a stem, pendent; involucrate bracts 1-2 in number, leaf-like; sepals 3-5 in number, green or purple or green but purple at the periphery, more-or-less larger than petals, rounded, 1-2.2 cm long, 1.1-2.1 cm wide; petals 7-10 in number, orbicular, red-brown or brown-purple, often yellow at the periphery, entire, 0.8-1.5 cm long, 0.6-0.9 cm wide, incurved and never fully expanded; stamens numerous; filaments pink, anthers yellow; disk fleshy, dentate, 3 mm high; carpels mostly 5, rarely 4, very occasionally 6, 3 or 2 in number; stigmas sessile, 1.5-1.9 mm long, c. 1 mm wide, purple, horizontal. Follicles cylindrical, 2-4 cm long, 1.2-1.9 cm in diameter. Seeds black, oblong, 10-12 mm long, 6-6.5 mm in diameter.

Chromosome number: 2n=10 (diploid)

Usually growing in sparse chaparral, open places in chaparral or woods of Pinus, Picea or Populus, or on grassy slopes. The plants with which it is most frequently associated are Pinus ponderosa, Pseudotsuga menziesii, Calocedrus decurrens, Populus tremuloides, Larix sp., Castanopsis sp., Ceanotus sp. and Artemisia spp. The species mostly occurs in granite soils or on volcanic rocks at altitudes from 600 to 2,600 m. Confined to the USA and distributed in N California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

Of the two species in sect. Onaepia, Paeonia brownii is distinct with lower leaves having 9 leaflets, carpels mostly 5, less frequently 4 in number, and petals always smaller than sepals. The two species are allopatric.

August 7, 2020 MADMYSHA Daily Doodle Page #268Q. Has anyone successfully crossed a wild peony wi....
August 7, 2020 MADMYSHA Daily Doodle Page #268
Q. Has anyone successfully crossed a wild peony with a domestic peony?
A. Anne Oveson claimed to have seedlings from a cross of a domestic peony and wild peony (paeonia brownii). Unfortunately, the plants were not verified before her passing. To date, ...
August 7, 2020 MADMYSHA Daily Doodle Page #268Q. Has anyone successfully crossed a wild peony wi....
August 7, 2020 MADMYSHA Daily Doodle Page #268
Q. Has anyone successfully crossed a wild peony with a domestic peony?
A. Anne Oveson claimed to have seedlings from a cross of a domestic peony and wild peony (paeonia brownii). Unfortunately, the plants were not verified before her passing. To date, ...
Paeonia brownii - Mountain peony#paeoniabrownii #mountainpeony #brownspeony #peony #paeonia #bot....
Paeonia brownii - Mountain peony
#paeoniabrownii #mountainpeony #brownspeony #peony #paeonia #botany #bontanizing
Western peony#paeoniabrownii
Western peony
#paeoniabrownii
Western Peony, Paeonia brownii. Photo by Alissa Lukara near Ashland, Oregon. #peonies #westernpe....
Western Peony, Paeonia brownii. Photo by Alissa Lukara near Ashland, Oregon. #peonies #westernpeony #paeoniabrownii #ranunculaceae #wildpeony #buttercupfamily #wildflowers
A new favorite! #Paeoniabrownii #🌸
A new favorite! #Paeoniabrownii #🌸
Spring beauty after a long winter#paeoniabrownii #salix #artemisiacalifornica
Spring beauty after a long winter
#paeoniabrownii #salix #artemisiacalifornica
Western peony (paeonia brownii) and swipe through to heartleaf arnica babies. Finally, after a l....
Western peony (paeonia brownii) and swipe through to heartleaf arnica babies. Finally, after a long while, went into the mountains for a walk and to check in on some plant friends and to see where the snow levels are at. I returned to a western peony patch, to find them ...
Happy #WildflowerWednesday to all my peony pals! Today I present a fantastic flower known as Bro....
Happy #WildflowerWednesday to all my peony pals! Today I present a fantastic flower known as Brown's peony (Paeonia brownii). I'd briefly read about it and glanced at a few photos in field guides, but I honestly had very little interest until I happened to see this floral phenomenon with my own ...
I’ll never get tired of this sexy thing. It’s one of my favorites. Somewhere on a list of my....
I’ll never get tired of this sexy thing. It’s one of my favorites. Somewhere on a list of my 300 some-odd favorites. Maybe I should narrow down to the top 5 from each family? Nah. 😂
#paeoniabrownii #nativepeony #sierranevadawildflowers #sierramountainmagic #deserttrotter #alittleheartshineforrabbit
Thought I missed you #paeoniabrownii 🙂
Thought I missed you #paeoniabrownii 🙂
Paeonia brownii. Brown’s Peony. In the Paeoniaceae. Now this is a REAL Peony, not those mutant....
Paeonia brownii. Brown’s Peony. In the Paeoniaceae. Now this is a REAL Peony, not those mutant peonies you find at grocery stores. Brown’s peony likes dry pine forests and is one of those natives that does’t do well in cultivated settings. Paeonia brownii produces alot of pollen but the pollinators ...
When most people think of peonies, large pink, coral, and purple pompoms come to mind. The typic....
When most people think of peonies, large pink, coral, and purple pompoms come to mind. The typical garden peony is native to Europe and Asia, but there are two modest species that are native to North America: Brown’s peony, and the California peony. Pictured here is Brown’s peony, also known ...
Workin on a little peony sketch to send to my abuela...Brown's peony to be precise, a wildflower....
Workin on a little peony sketch to send to my abuela...Brown's peony to be precise, a wildflower native to Idaho where mi Nana vive todavía.
COMO LA TIERRA, NO ADMITAS DUEÑO.
COMO EL VIENTO, SÉ UN VIAJE ETERNO.
COMO EL FUEGO, REVELA LA LUZ DE TU SOMBRA.
COMO EL AGUA, ...
Brown’s peony (Paeonia brownsii) is an incredibly beautiful native.  I’ve always wanted to f....
Brown’s peony (Paeonia brownsii) is an incredibly beautiful native. I’ve always wanted to find seeds, but I haven’t located a good source. This week I found one growing happily behind the garden! 💕
#brownspeony #nativeplants
#brownspeony #westernpeony #oregon
#brownspeony #westernpeony #oregon
I am spellbound by this plant. So much so, that we just had to go back today and look for more. ....
I am spellbound by this plant. So much so, that we just had to go back today and look for more. David Douglas discovered this to be one of only 2 native species of Peony that grow in the United States. It was named Browns Peony, after the famous Scottish ...

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Footnotes:
  1. Hong, De-Yuan. “Peonies of the World. Taxonomy and phytogeography.” Kew: Royal Botanic Gardens, 2010, pp. 97-98.[]

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