Monday, February 15, 2016

Chamaesaracha nama (Dwarf Chamaesaracha)

7/6/05 Turnoff to Inyo Craters, Hwy. 203 (Mammoth Lakes Scenic Loop), 
Eastern Sierra, Mono County, CA


COMMON NAME: Dwarf Chamaesaracha

SPECIES: Chamaesaracha nama

FAMILY: Solanaceae (Nightshade Family)


LOCATION: Turnoff to Inyo Craters, Hwy. 203 (Mammoth Lakes Scenic Loop), Eastern Sierra, Mono County, CA


Treatment from The Jepson Manual (1993):

Stems 1–several from base, 5–25 cm

Leaf 15–50 mm

Inflorescence: pedicels 8–18 mm, in fruit < 3 cm, recurved

Flower: calyx ± 5 mm, in fruit < 10 mm, lobes in fruit 2–3 mm; corolla whitish; filaments 5 mm

Fruit 1–1.2 cm wide

Seeds 1.5–2 mm

Ecology: Sandy soils, slopes, coniferous forest

Elevation: 1500–2800 m.  

Bioregional distribution: Cascade Range, High Sierra Nevada, Great Basin Floristic Province 

Distribution outside California: Oregon, Nevada

Flowering time: May–Jul

Synonyms: Leucophysalis nana (A. Gray) Averett 

Horticultural information: DRN, DRY: 1, 2, 3, 7, 14, 18 &SUN: 15, 16, 17; GRCVR.

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