Sunday, January 31, 2016

Condea (formerly Hyptis) emoryi (Desert Lavender)

 2/6/05 Mecca Hills Wilderness, wash on north side of 
Box Canyon Rd. (across road from Little Box Canyon Trailhead), west of 
Meccacopia Trail & east of Sheep Hole Oasis Campground. 
Mecca Hills, Riverside County, CA

2/6/05 Mecca Hills
2/6/05 Mecca Hills

4/3/11 Shaver's Valley, Riverside County, CA 

4/3/11 Shaver's Valley 

4/3/11 Meccacopia Trail, Box Canyon Road, Mecca Hills, 
Riverside County, CA

12/10/11 Shaver's Valley 

 4/4/04 Wash off east side of Cottonwood Road between I-10 and visitor center, 
Joshua Tree National Park, Riverside County, CA


COMMON NAME: Desert Lavender

SPECIES: Condea (formerly Hyptis) emoryi

FAMILY: Lamiaceae (Mint Family)


LOCATION: Wash off east side of Cottonwood Road between I-10 and visitor center, Joshua Tree National Park, Riverside County, CA


Treatment from The Jepson Manual (1993):

Shrub 1–3 m

Stem: branches spreading to erect; twigs densely stellate, becoming glabrous

Leaf: petiole 3–7 mm; blade generally ovate to ± round, crenate

Inflorescences: lower subtended by leaves, upper by bracts; bracts << leaves, linear to elliptic; pedicel 1–3 mm

Flower: calyx 4–5 mm, densely stellate, lobes ± acuminate; corolla 5–6 mm, violet

Ecology: Gravelly, sandy washes, canyons, desert scrub

Elevation: < 1000 m.  

Bioregional distribution: s Mojave Desert, Sonoran Desert 

Distribution outside California: Arizona, nw Mexico

Flowering time: Jan–May

Horticultural information: DRN, DRYorIRR: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 &SUN: 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24; DFCLT.

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