I"ve been an amateur botanist since circa 1997 with a special interest in California native plants. A corollary passion of mine is birding and, like many fellow birders, I keep a Life List of all the bird species that I've observed in my lifetime. So I thought, why not also create a life list for plants I've seen in the field? In addition to California natives, I've also included a smaller list of plants that I've observed and photographed in their native habitats outside of the U.S.
Friday, February 12, 2016
(Lomatium mohavense) Mojave Desert Parsley
3/22/03 Wash/open area between visitor center and campground.
Red Rock Canyon Desert State Park, Kern County, CA
3/22/03 Red Rock Canyon
3/24/01 Desert View Nature Trail, Red Rock Canyon State Park,
Kern County, CA
LIFE LIST NOTES: COMMON NAME: Mojave Desert Parsley
Plant 1–4 dm, densely grayish short-hairy; taproot long, often thickened
Stem ± 0; base fibrous
Leaf: petiole 2–12 cm, > blade; blade 2–10 cm, oblong to ovate, 3–4-pinnately dissected, segments 2–5 mm, linear-oblong to obovate, ± crowded
Inflorescence finely hairy; peduncle 8–22 cm; bractlets 8–12, 2–4 mm, linear to linear-lanceolate, acute, free or fused basally, scarious-margined, often obscured by hairs; rays 8–18, 1–5 cm, spreading-ascending, unequal; pedicels 1–10 mm
Flower: petals yellow or purple, glabrous
Fruit 4.5–11 mm, ovate to round, ± glabrous to densely short-hairy; wings = to > body in width; oil tubes per rib-interval 1–4
Ecology: Desert flats, slopes, summits, scrub, or woodland
Elevation: 1000–2000 m.
Bioregional distribution: South Coast Ranges, Western Transverse Ranges, Desert