Sunday, March 6, 2016

Loeseliastrum matthewsii (Desert Calico)

 4/4/04 Pipes Canyon Road (loop from Hwy. 247), Yucca Valley, San Bernardino County, CA

4/4/04 Pipes Canyon Road

5/13/00 N-6 en route to Devil's Punchbowl Natural Area (San Gabriel Mountains), 
Los Angeles County, CA


COMMON NAME: Desert Calico

SPECIES: Loeseliastrum matthewsii

FAMILY: Polemoniaceae (Phlox Family)


LOCATION: N-6 en route to Devil's Punchbowl Natural Area (San Gabriel Mountains), Los Angeles County, CA


Treatment from The Jepson Manual (1993):

Flower: corolla strongly bilateral, white to deep rose-purple, upper lip 5–11 mm, 3/4 to > tube, lobe bases with bright maroon arches and white blotch, lower lip 4–7 mm, lobe tips generally truncate, 3-toothed or notched, generally with inward directed projections in sinuses on either side of middle lobe of upper lip; longer stamens > upper lip

Ecology: Common. Desert washes, flats, slopes, sandy to gravelly soils

Elevation: generally < 1800 m.  

Bioregional distribution: East of Sierra Nevada, Mojave Desert, w Sonoran Desert (eastern San Diego Co.) 

Distribution outside California: Nevada

Flowering time: Mar–Jun

Synonyms: Langloisia m. (A. Gray) Greene 

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