Monday, February 1, 2016

Salazaria mexicana (Bladder Sage, Paper Bag Bush)

5/26/01 Near campsites #18 & 19, Jumbo Rocks, Joshua Tree National Park, 
Riverside County, CA 

5/26/01 Jumbo Rocks, JTNP 

5/26/01 Jumbo Rocks, JTNP

5/30/99 Off road near Belle Campground, Joshua Tree National Park, Riverside County, CA 

5/23/98 Desert View Nature Trail, Red Rock Canyon State Park, Kern County, CA


COMMON NAME: Bladder Sage, Paper Bag Bush

SPECIES: Salazaria mexicana

FAMILY: Lamiaceae (Mint Family)


LOCATION: Desert View Nature Trail, Red Rock Canyon State Park, Kern County, CA


Treatment from The Jepson Manual (1993):

Shrub, 5–10(15) dm, ± rounded, branched

Stem: lateral branches spreading, rigid, tips becoming spine-like; twigs ± candescent

Leaf short-petioled to subsessile; blade 3–15(20) mm, 2–8 mm wide, generally ovate to elliptic, base rounded, margin entire, glabrous to puberulent

Inflorescences axillary at distal 3–10 nodes; flowers 2; axis finely glandular-puberulent; bracts 0

Flower 2-lipped; calyx lobes ± equal, entire, purplish, becoming 1–2 cm, bladder-like in fruit; corolla 15–25 mm, upper lip ± entire, white to light violet, lower lip ± 3 lobed, violet to purple; stamens 4, generally enclosed by upper lip, lower stamen pair < upper pair, anthers ciliate

Fruit: nutlets, widely ovoid, short-stalked, tubercles

Ecology: Sandy to gravelly slopes, washes, scrub, woodland

Elevation: < 1800 m.  

Bioregional distribution: s East of Sierra Nevada, Desert 

Distribution outside California: to Utah, Texas, n Mexico

Flowering time: Mar–Jun

Horticultural information: DRN, IRR: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21 &SUN: 15, 16, 22, 23.

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