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Hackelia ciliata (Douglas ex Lehm.) I.M. Johnst.
Okanogan stickseed (Okanogan hackelia)
Boraginaceae (Borage family)

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Species Information

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Perennial herb from a taproot; stems several, straight, appressed-hairy, downswept below, upswept above, and often with coarse, spreading hairs as well, 30-90 cm tall.
Basal leaves well-developed, oblanceolate, stalked, 5-15 cm long, 3-12 mm wide; stem leaves almost linear, mostly unstalked, to 10 cm long and 6 mm wide; closely appressed straight-hairy to often densely and softly short-hairy, and frequently with some coarse bristles, alternate, entire.
Inflorescence of several short clusters with leafy bracts at the base; corollas light blue (fading pink); petals fused at base into a short, narrow tube that spreads flat (5-12 mm wide) abruptly at top to 5 lobes, with 5 pimply bulges at the throat.
Nutlets 4, clustered together, the margins with prominent, barb-tipped prickles, the prickles united at base for 1/3-1/2 their length to form a shallow cup; intramarginal prickles several, smaller than marginal ones.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Dry grassy slopes in the steppe zone; rare in SC BC, known only from Rock Creek and Kettle Valley; S to WA.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Hackelia ciliata

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

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Value / Class




Elevation (metres) 673 673 673
Slope Gradient (%) 0 0 0
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
8 8 8
Modal Nutrient Regime
Number of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in: ICH(1)


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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