Pectocarya penicillata (Hook. & Arn.) A. DC.
winged combseed (sleeping combseed)
Boraginaceae (Borage family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants


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Distribution of Pectocarya penicillata
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Species Information

Annual herb from a taproot; stems prostrate to decumbent, often branched at base, straight appressed-hairy, 2-25 cm long.
Basal and stem leaves linear, to 2 cm long and 2 mm wide, appressed-hairy to spreading-hairy, entire, mostly alternate, reduced towards the branch tips.
In small clusters along and at tips of stems; corollas tiny (to 3 mm long), white, tubular at base, flaring merely 1 mm wide or less at top.
Nutlets usually 4, spreading in pairs, oblong, 1.5-2 mm long, flattened and sunken in the centre, with prominent, upturned or incurved margins beset (mostly above the middle) with hooked prickles.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


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Habitat and Range

Dry grasslands and shrublands in the steppe zone; rare in SC BC; S to ID, UT and MX; Argentina, Chile.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Cynoglossum penicillatum Hook. & Arn.
Pectocarya linearis var. penicillata (Hook. & Arn.) M.E. Jones