Sunday, December 18, 2016

Delphinium glaucum (Sierra Larkspur, Glaucus Larkspur)

 7/8/16 Mill Creek, Lundy Canyon Trail, Inyo National Forest,
Eastern Sierra, Mono County, CA

 7/8/16 Mill Creek

7/8/16 Mill Creek


COMMON NAME: Sierra Larkspur, Glaucus Larkspur

SPECIES: Delphinium glaucum

FAMILY: Ranunculaceae (Buttercup Family)

LIFE LIST DATE: 7/8/2016

LOCATION: Mill Creek, Lundy Canyon Trail, Inyo National Forest, Eastern Sierra, Mono County, CA


Treatment from The Jepson Manual (1993):

Root generally > 15 cm, distally branched; buds generally prominent (except on herbarium specimens)

Stem generally 2 or more per root system, 80–300 (generally > 150) cm, lower glabrous, glaucous

Leaves generally glabrous; lobes sharply cut at tips, often > 6 mm at widest

Inflorescence generally branched; flowers generally > 50; lower bracts leaf-like; pedicels 10–48 mm, 3–25 mm apart, glabrous to puberulent

Flower: sepals ± forward-pointing to spreading, purplish blue, lateral 8–14(21) mm, spur 10–19 mm

Fruit 9–20 mm

Seed bumpy

Ecology: Wet thickets, streamsides

Elevation: 1600–3200 m.  

Bioregional distribution: Klamath Ranges, High Sierra Nevada, San Gabriel Mountains, San Bernardino Mountains, n East of Sierra Nevada 

Distribution outside California: to Alaska, Nevada

Flowering time: Jul–Sep

May hybridize with  D. polycladon 

Horticultural information: WET, DRN: 1, 4, 5, 6 &SHD: 2, 3.

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