Sunday, February 28, 2016

Eriogonum fasciculatum (California Buckwheat)

 5/18/01 Eaton Canyon Natural Area, San Gabriel Mountains, Los Angeles County, CA

4/12/03 Eaton Canyon Natural Area


COMMON NAME: California Buckwheat

SPECIES: Eriogonum fasciculatum

FAMILY: Polygonaceae (Buckwheat Family)


LOCATION: Eaton Canyon Natural Area, San Gabriel Mountains, Los Angeles County, CA


Treatment from The Jepson Manual (1993):

[Group 4] Shrub 10–200 cm, 50–300 cm diam

Leaves cauline, clustered at nodes; blade 6–18 mm, linear to oblanceolate, leathery, ± rolled under, ± white-tomentose below

Inflorescence: head or umbel of heads, generally ± canescent; lowest bracts leaf-like, upper scale-like; involucres generally several per head, 2.5–4 mm, angled, teeth 5

Flower: perianth 2.5–3 mm, white to pinkish, stalk-like base 0

Fruit 1.8–2.5 mm, glabrous

Ecology: Common. Dry slopes, washes, canyons in scrub

Elevation: < 2300 m.  

Bioregional distribution: s Sierra Nevada, Central Western California, Southwestern California, East of Sierra Nevada, Desert  

Distribution outside California: to Utah, Arizona, nw Mexico

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