Amsinckia menziesii (Lehm.) A. Nelson & J.F. Macbr.
small-flowered fiddleneck (Menzies' fiddleneck)
Boraginaceae (Borage family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants


© Jamie Fenneman     (Photo ID #6686)


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Distribution of Amsinckia menziesii
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Species Information

Annual herb from a taproot; stem simple to much-branched, somewhat flimsy, sparingly spreading stiff-hairy, without shorter softer hairs except often in the inflorescence, 15-80 cm tall.
Basal leaves not forming a persistent tuft; stem leaves lance-oblong, elliptic, or linear, 2-12 cm long and 0.5-2.5 cm wide, alternate, entire.
Inflorescence a coiled cluster; petals yellow, fused into a tube 4-7 mm long that spreads (2-4 mm wide) at top to 5 shallow lobes, the throat open; calyx lobes 5, with both silky and longer, stiff hairs.
Nutlets 4, clustered together, 2-3.5 mm long, egg-shaped, warty or pimply and often wrinkled, greenish or grey to brownish-black.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


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Habitat and Range

Moist to dry disturbed areas in the steppe and montane zones; common in S BC east of the Coast-Cascade Mountains, rare northward, introduced in Vancouver; N to AK and YK, S to CA.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia