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.
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Primula jeffreyi (Sierra Shooting Star)
7/3/16 North Lake, Bishop region, Eastern Sierra,
Inyo National Forest, Inyo County, CA
7/3/16 North Lake
LIFE LIST NOTES:
COMMON NAME: Sierra Shooting Star
SPECIES: Primula jeffreyi
FAMILY: Primulaceae (Primrose Family)
LIFE LIST DATE: 7/3/2016
LOCATION: North Lake Road, Bishop region, Eastern Sierra, Inyo National Forest,
Leaf: 9--50 cm; blade linear-oblanceolate to oblanceolate, generally tapered to petiole, entire to crenate.
Flower: parts in 4s or 5s; corolla lobes 10--25 mm, magenta to lavender or white; filaments free or partly fused, generally < 1.5 mm, anthers 6.5--11 mm, connective wrinkled, generally dark purple; stigma enlarged. Fruit: circumscissile or with valves, sometimes both on 1 pl.
Distribution Outside California: to Alaska, Montana.
Flowering Time: Jun--Aug
Note: Highly variable, especially in southern SN. Intergrades with Primula fragrans, Primula tetrandra.
Synonyms: Dodecatheon jeffreyi Van Houtte; Dodecatheon jeffreyi subsp. jeffreyi; Dodecatheon jeffreyi subsp. pygmaeum (H.M. Hall) H.J. Thomps.; Dodecatheon jeffreyi f. pygmaeum H.M. Hall
Unabridged Note: From Reveal 2009 FNANM 8:276: "This species is known universally as Dodecatheon jeffreyi, although it was named a year earlier as D. jeffreyanum K. Koch. To avoid the introduction of a name that has never been used for this widespread and sometimes cultivated plant, D. jeffreyanum has been proposed for rejection (J.F. Veldkamp et al. 2008) [J.F. Veldkamp, J.L. Reveal, and K.N. Gandhi 2008 Taxon 57:1004--1006]".
eFlora Treatment Author: Thomas J. Rosatti & Sylvia Kelso