Saturday, January 23, 2016

Delphinium parishii (Desert Larkspur)

 5/25/03 Teutonia Peak Trail, Cima Dome, Mojave National Preserve (E. Mojave), 
San Bernardino County, CA

5/10/03 Jackrabbit Flat Wildlife Preserve, Ave. T at 116th St., 
Antelope Valley, Los Angeles County, CA 

5/10/03 Jackrabbit Flat

3/22/03 Wash/open area between Visitor Center and campground, 
Red Rock Canyon State Park, Kern County, CA

3/22/03 Red Rock Canyon SP

3/22/03 Red Rock Canyon SP


COMMON NAME: Desert Larkspur

SPECIES: Delphinium parishii

FAMILY: Ranunculaceae (Buttercup Family)


LOCATION: Wash/open area between Visitor Center and campground, Red Rock Canyon State Park, Kern County, CA


Treatment from The Jepson Manual (1993):

Root often > 15 cm, branched

Stem 17–100 (generally < 60) cm; base often narrower than root, but firmly attached to root, glabrous to puberulent

Leaves mostly basal or mostly cauline in flower, glabrous to puberulent; lobes 3–20, generally < 6 mm at widest

Inflorescence: flowers 6–75; pedicels 3–48 mm, 3–25 mm apart, glabrous to puberulent

Flower: sepals dark blue to white or pink, lateral 7–13 mm, spur 8–14 mm; lower petal blades 3–6 mm

Fruit 8–21 mm, generally < 3 X longer than wide

Seed ± winged; coat inflated; cell margins wavy

Ecology: Desert scrub, with scattered trees or not

Elevation: 300–2500 m.  

Bioregional distribution: Tehachapi Mountain Area, Transverse Ranges, East of Sierra Nevada, Desert 

Distribution outside California: to sw Utah, Arizona, n Baja California

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