Amsinckia spectabilis Fisch. & C.A. Mey.
seaside fiddleneck (woolly breeches)
Boraginaceae (Borage family)

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Distribution of Amsinckia spectabilis
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Species Information

Annual herb from a taproot; stems erect or often reclining to prostrate, spreading stiff-hairy, simple or branched, to 40 cm tall.
Basal leaves not persistent; stem leaves irregularly fine-toothed, lanceolate to lance-linear or lance-elliptic, to 5 cm long and about 1 cm wide, alternate.
Inflorescence a coiled cluster; petals orange, fused into a tube 4-8 mm long that spreads (3-5 mm wide) at the top to 5 short lobes; calyx lobes 5, but 2 of them half-fused, with long stiff hairs and a few shorter, softer hairs.
Nutlets 4, clustered together, 1.5-2.5 mm long, egg-shaped, weakly wrinkled or pimply, blackish.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


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Habitat and Range

Moist sandy coastal beaches in the lowland zone; infrequent on the Queen Charlotte Islands, Vancouver Island the Gulf Islands and the lower Fraser Valley; S to N Baja CA.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Amsinckia scouleri I.M. Johnst.
Amsinckia spectabilis var. bracteosa (Gray) Boivin
Amsinckia spectabilis var. microcarpa (Greene) Jepson & Hoover
Amsinckia spectabilis var. nicolai (Jepson) I.M. Johnston ex Munz
Amsinckia spectabilis var. spectabilis Fisch. & C. A. Mey. [superfluous autonym]