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.
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Pedicularis attollens (Little Elephant's Head)
Meadow off Hwy. 108 west of Sonora Pass historical marker,
Toiyabe National Forest, Mono County, CA
LIFE LIST NOTES:
COMMON NAME: Little Elephant's Head
SPECIES: Pedicularis attollens
FAMILY: Orobanchaceae (Broomrape Family)
LIFE LIST DATE: 7/7/07
LOCATION: Meadow off Hwy. 108 west of Sonora Pass historical marker, Toiyabe National Forest, Mono County, CA
Flower: calyx 4--6 mm, tomentose; corolla 4.5--7 mm, light pink to purple, marked darker, glabrous, upper lip 3.5--6 mm, curved upward, beak 3--5 mm, lower lip 3--5 mm, +- fan-like; anthers +- 1 mm, base obtuse.