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Plagiobothrys figuratus (Piper) I.M. Johnst. ex M. Peck
Rough Popcorn Flower (fragrant popcornflower)
Boraginaceae (Borage family)

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Plagiobothrys figuratus ssp. figuratus

Species Information

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Annual herb from fibrous roots; sparsely to moderately straight appressed-hairy, also sometimes with slender spreading hairs; stems simple or branched, 10-40 cm tall.
Basal leaves nearly lacking; stem leaves oblong to linear, entire, 0.5-8 cm long, 3-8 mm wide, the lower 2-4 pairs opposite, the others alternate.
Inflorescence of several coiled, narrow, elongating, often paired spikes that lack bracts; flowers relatively large and showy; petals white, fused at base into a tube that spreads (5-10 mm wide) abruptly at top to 5 lobes, the throat with 5 yellow bulges; fruiting calyces 3-4 mm long, densely ascending-hairy.
Nutlets 4 (or fewer by abortion), egg-shaped, 1.2-1.7 mm long, wrinkled-pimply on both sides.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Moist to mesic coastal bluffs in the lowland zone; rare on SE Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands, known recently only from Whaling Station Bay (Hornby Island); S to OR.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


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.

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