Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Phacelia vallis-mortae (Death Valley Phacelia)

4/3/17 CA 190 between Emigrant and Towne Pass,
Death Valley National Park, Inyo County, CA


COMMON NAME: Death Valley Phacelia

SPECIES: Phacelia vallis-mortae

FAMILY: Boraginaceae (Borage Family)

LIFE LIST DATE: 4/3/2017

LOCATION: CA 190 between Emigrant and Towne Pass, Death Valley National Park, Inyo County, CA

Treatment from Jepson eFlora:

Habit: Annual 20--60 cm. 

Stem: ascending to erect, simple to branched, puberulent and sparsely stiff-reflexed-hairy. 

Leaf: 15--80 mm; blade > petiole, +- oblong, compound, leaflets toothed or +- lobed. 

Flower: calyx lobes 4--6 mm, 7--10 mm in fruit, +- curved, not enclosing fruit, linear to narrowly elliptic, long-hairy; corolla 8--15 mm, funnel- to bell-shaped, lavender to violet, scales fused to filament bases, oblong; stamens 6--12 mm, glabrous; style 5--12 mm, cleft 2/3, short-glandular-hairy proximal to lobes, disk proximal to ovary conspicuous. 

Fruit: 3--4 mm, ovoid, +- puberulent, sparsely short-stiff-hairy. 

Seed: generally 4, 2.5--3 mm, pitted. 

Ecology: Sandy to rocky soils, scrub; 

Elevation: 90--2700 m. 

Bioregional Distribution: w SnJV, SNE, e DMoj, n DSon; 

Distribution Outside California: to southwestern Utah, northwestern Arizona. 

Flowering Time: May--Jun 

eFlora Treatment Author: Genevieve K. Walden, Robert Patterson, Laura M. Garrison & Debra R. Hansen

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