Saturday, November 21, 2015

Blue Dicks / Wild Hyacinth (Dichelostemma capitatum)

 3/10/17 Camino del Norte, Lake Elsinore, Riverside County, CA

3/24/17 Dripping Springs trailhead, Agua Tibia Wilderness,
Cleveland National Forest, Riverside County, CA

3/12/17 Vernal Pool Trail, Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve,
SW Riverside County, CA

3/23/19 Harford Spring Reserve, Gavilan Hills, Riverside County, CA
3/31/01 Los Santos Trail, Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve, Riverside County, CA

3/31/01 Trans Preserve Trail, Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve, Riverside County, CA

4/2/05 Eaton Canyon Natural Area, San Gabriel Mountains, Los Angeles County, CA 

4/3/05 Grotto Trail, Circle X Ranch, Santa Monica Mountains, Ventura County, CA 


COMMON NAME: Blue Dicks / Wild Hyacinth

SPECIES: Dichelostemma capitatum

FAMILY: Themidaceae (Brodiaea Family)


LOCATION: Los Santos Trail, Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve, Murrieta, SW Riverside County, CA


Treatment from The Jepson Manual (1993):

Cormlets sessile and on stolons

Leaves 2–3, 10–40 cm, barely keeled

Inflorescence head- or umbel-like, dense; axis < 65 cm; bracts widely lanceolate, whitish to dark purple; flowers 2–15

Flower: perianth blue, blue-purple, pink-purple, or white, tube 3–12 mm, narrowly cylindric to short-bell-shaped, lobes generally ascending, 7–12 mm; stamens 6, crown segments 4–6 mm, deeply notched, lanceolate, white, angled inward, slightly reflexed at tip, outer filaments wider at base, outer anthers 2–3 mm, inner free filaments ± 0, inner anthers 3–4 mm; ovary sessile, style 4–6 mm

Ecology: Open woodlands, scrub, desert, grassland

Elevation: 0–2300 m.  

Bioregional distribution: California 

Distribution outside California: to Oregon, Utah, New Mexico, n Mexico

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