Friday, January 15, 2016

Pholistoma auritum (Fiestaflower, Blue Fiestaflower)

 4/30/05 Happy Canyon Road near Cachuma Creek, Figueroa Mountain Recreation Area, Santa Lucia Ranger District, Los Padres National Forest, Santa Barbara County, CA

4/30/05 Happy Canyon Road 

 4/30/05 Happy Canyon Road

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

4/13/02 Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve, Orange County, CA


COMMON NAME: Fiestaflower, Blue Fiestaflower

SPECIES: Pholistoma auritum

FAMILY: Boraginaceae (Borage Family)


LOCATION: Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve, Orange County, CA


Treatment from The Jepson Manual (1993):

Stem 1–15 cm

Leaves: lower 4–16 cm, 1–8 cm wide, petiole widely winged, clasping, blade oblong to ovate-lanceolate, base cordate, tip acuminate, lobes 5–13, oblong or lanceolate, obtuse or acute, entire or 1–5-toothed

Inflorescence: flowers solitary or 2–6 in cymes; pedicels 1–3 cm

Flower: calyx lobes 3–9 mm, ± lanceolate, sinus appendages 1–4 mm; corolla 3–15 mm, 5–30 mm wide, blue to purple with darker marks in throat; style 4–8 mm

Fruit 5–10 mm wide, enclosed in calyx

Seeds 1–4

Ecology: Ocean bluffs, talus slopes, woodlands, streambanks, canyons, desert scrub

Elevation: 0–1900 m.  

Bioregional distribution: Inner North Coast Ranges, s Sierra Nevada, c Sierra Nevada Foothills, Tehachapi Mountain Area, San Joaquin Valley, Central Western California, Southwestern California, ne Sonoran Desert 

Distribution outside California: to Arizona

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