E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Amsinckia lycopsoides Lehm.
bugloss fiddleneck (tarweed fiddleneck)
Boraginaceae (Borage family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Species Information

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Annual herb from a taproot; stems simple or few-branched, spreading stiff-hairy and also with softer, often downswept hairs, 10-60 cm tall.
Basal leaves persistent, often crowded; stem leaves linear to oblong or oblanceolate, to 10 cm long and 1.5 cm wide, alternate, entire.
Inflorescence a coiled cluster; petals yellow to orange, fused basally into a tube 6-9 mm long that spreads (3-6 mm wide) at the top to 5 stubby lobes; calyx lobes 5, with both silky and longer, stiff hairs.
Nutlets 4, clustered together, 2.5-3 mm long, egg-shaped, warty, greenish to dark brown.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

USDA Species Characteristics

Flower Colour:
Blooming Period:
Late Spring
Fruit/Seed characteristics:
Colour: Brown
Present from Spring to Summer
Source:  The USDA

Habitat / Range

Dry disturbed areas in the lowland and lower montane zones; infrequent in extreme S BC; N to S AK, S to MT and CA.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Amsinckia lycopsoides

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

Site Information
Value / Class




Elevation (metres) 510 685 860
Slope Gradient (%) 0 32 65
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
120 120 120
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
3 4 5
Modal Nutrient Regime
Number of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in: PP(2)


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Amsinckia barbata Greene
Benthamia lycopsoides (Lehm.) Lindl. ex Druce

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