Sunday, January 31, 2016

Sisyrinchium bellum (Blue-Eyed Grass)

 3/11/01 Charmlee Wilderness Park, Santa Monica Mountains, 
Malibu, Los Angeles County, CA

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

4/17/05 Trans Preserve Trail, Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve,
Murrieta, SW Riverside County, CA 

4/17/05 Vernal Pool Trail, Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve


COMMON NAME: Blue-Eyed Grass

SPECIES: Sisyrinchium bellum

FAMILY: Iridaceae (Iris Family)


LOCATION: Charmlee Wilderness Park, Santa Monica Mountains, Malibu, Los Angeles County, CA


Treatment from The Jepson Manual (1993):

Stems generally tufted, < 64 cm, sometimes 5.3 mm wide, almost always with leaf-bearing nodes

Inflorescence: translucent margins of inner bract wider just below tip, not extending above tip

Flower: perianth 10.5–17 mm, deep bluish purple to blue-violet, or pale blue, rarely white, tips truncate to notched, with a small point

Ecology: Common. Open, generally moist, grassy areas, woodlands

Elevation: generally < 2400 m.  

Bioregional distribution: California 

Distribution outside California: Oregon

Flowering time: Mar–May

Horticultural information: DRN: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24 &IRR: 3, 19 &SHD: 10, 11; CVS.

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