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

Plectritis congesta (Lindl.) DC. subsp. congesta
shortspur seablush
Caprifoliaceae (Valerian family)
(Previously in Valerianaceae)

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Distribution of Plectritis congesta ssp. congesta
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Species Information

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Annual herb from a taproot; stems erect, solitary, simple, smooth, 10-60 cm tall.
Basal leaves soon deciduous; stem leaves opposite, lowermost leaves spoon-shaped or egg-shaped with short stalks, others more oblong or elliptic and stalkless, smooth, 1-6 cm long, 3-22 mm wide.
Inflorescence of terminal, more or less headlike clusters; corollas white to pale or dark pink 1.5-9.5 mm long, 2-lobed, with a slender spur, the tip usually enlarged; calyces lacking.
Achenes, dry, 2-4 mm long, convex side of body usually keeled, not grooved lengthwise, winged or not, the wing margins not thickened, hairy near the tips or along the margins.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Mesic to vernally moist meadows or dry rocky sites in the lowland zone; common in SW BC, rare in the Queen Charlotte Islands; S to CA.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Plectritis congesta var. congesta (Lindl.) DC

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