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

Clarkia purpurea subsp. viminea (W. Curtis) A. Nelson & J.F. Macbr.
Onagraceae (Evening Primrose family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Distribution of Clarkia purpurea subsp. viminea
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Species Information

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Annual herb from a slender taproot; stems erect, 10-70 cm tall, usually simple or branched from the base, glabrous or hairy.
Linear to lanceolate, 1.5-5 cm long, entire; usually unstalked.
Inflorescence an open spike, loosely-flowered, buds erect; hypanthium 2-10 mm long; corollas bowl-shaped, tending to close at night; petals lavender to purple and often with a darker spot above, fan-shaped to elliptic, 5-15 mm long; sepals staying fused in 2's or coming free, usually bent back; fertile stamens 8, all alike; stigmas elliptic-oblong, about 1.5 mm long, lavender to purple or dark wine-red; stigma not exceeding anthers.
Capsules, 1-3 cm long, round or 4-angled, ribbed, densely hairy, short-beaked.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Dry, grassy slopes in the lowland zone; rare in SW BC, known only from Mt. Tzuhalem and Saturna Island; S to AZ and CA.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

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