Friday, January 15, 2016

Phacelia crenulata (Notch-leaved Phacelia, Heliotrope Phacelia)

 3/4/17 Shaver's Valley, E. Riverside County, CA

3/15/19 Desert Lily Sanctuary, Desert Center, Chuckwalla Valley,
E. Riverside County, CA

3/21/04 Shavers Valley, Riverside County, CA 

3/21/04 Painted Canyon Road, Mecca Hills, Riverside County, CA 

2/6/05 Mecca Hills Wilderness, wash north of Box Canyon Rd., west of Sheep Hole Oasis Campground. Mecca Hills, Riverside County, CA

2/27/05 San Felipe Wash, Anza Borrego Desert State Park, E. San Diego County, CA
CNPS Riverside-San Bernardino Chapter trip.

3/8/03 Box Canyon Road (north of Sheep Hole Oasis Trail), 
Mecca Hills, Riverside County, CA 

3/13/05 Roadside driving south from North Entrance towards Pinto Basin, Joshua Tree National Park, Riverside County, CA

4/27/01 Off Kelbaker Road at Cinder Cones, Mojave National Preserve, 
San Bernardino County, CA

4/3/17 Day use area off CA 190 between Stove Pipe Wells and Emigrant,
Death Valley National Park, Inyo County, CA


COMMON NAME: Notch-leaved Phacelia, Heliotrope Phacelia

SPECIES: Phacelia crenulata

FAMILY: Boraginaceae (Borage Family)


LOCATION: Off Kelbaker Road at Cinder Cones, Mojave National Preserve, San Bernardino County, CA


Treatment from The Jepson Manual (1993):

Annual 7–60 cm

Stem generally erect, 0–few-branched at base, sparsely to densely short-hairy, glandular

Leaves 20–80(120) mm, abruptly reduced upwards; blade > petiole, oblong to elliptic, crenate to deeply lobed

Flower: pedicel 0.5–2 mm; calyx lobes 2–5 mm, 3–5.5 mm in fruit, oblong, puberulent to short-hairy, glandular; corolla 4–10 mm, bell-shaped, blue to purple, throat ± white, deciduous, scales ± narrow; stamens 10–15 mm, glabrous; style 12–15 mm, glandular-puberulent

Fruit 2.5–4 mm, ovoid to spheric, puberulent

Seeds generally 4, 2–3.5 mm; back finely pitted; inner surface with central ridge separating 2 longitudinal grooves

Ecology: Sandy to gravelly washes, slopes

Elevation: < 2200 m.  

Bioregional distribution: se Modoc Plateau, East of Sierra Nevada, Desert 

Distribution outside California: to Utah, Arizona, nw Mexico

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