Friday, November 11, 2016

Eriodictyon crassifolium (Thick-Leaved Yerba Santa)

11/5/16 State Route 74 at 4,000' elevation, San Jacinto Mountains, Riverside County, CA


COMMON NAME: Thick-Leaved Yerba Buena

SPECIES: Eriodictyon crassifolium

FAMILY: Boraginaceae (Borage Family)

LIFE LIST DATE: 11/5/2016

LOCATION: State Route 243 at 4,800' elevation, San Jacinto Mountains, Riverside County, CA


Treatment from The Jepson Manual (1993):

Stem 1–3 m; twigs densely hairy to tomentose

Leaf 3–17 cm, 1–6 cm wide, lance-ovate to oblong, short-petioled, entire to toothed, sparsely hairy to white-tomentose above, tomentose below

Flower: calyx lobes 2–6 mm, densely hairy; corolla 5–16 mm, lavender, densely hairy; styles 3–8 mm

Seeds 8–14

Ecology: Slopes, roadsides, washes, river bottoms, mesas

Elevation: 30–2500 m.  

Bioregional distribution: Tehachapi Mountain Area, Outer South Coast Ranges, South Coast, Western Transverse Ranges, San Gabriel Mountains, Peninsular Ranges.Lf hairiness variable; vars. not easily distinguished.

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