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Hackelia floribunda (Lehm.) I.M. Johnst.
many-flowered stickseed (manyflower stickseed; many-flowered hackelia)
Boraginaceae (Borage family)

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Species Information

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Biennial or short-lived perennial herb from a taproot; stems single to few, spreading long-hairy on lower part, appressed, upswept, straight-hairy above, 0.3-1 m tall.
Basal leaves sometimes persistent but usually smaller than stem leaves and soon withering, oblanceolate, stalked; stem leaves ample, 4-20 cm long and 5-30 mm wide, the lower oblanceolate and stalked, the upper more lanceolate or lance-elliptic and unstalked, reduced upward, appressed straight-hairy or coarsely stiff-hairy, entire, alternate.
Inflorescence of several narrow, elongating, many-flowered clusters with leafy bracts at the base; petals blue, fused at base into a short,narrow tube that spreads (4-8 mm wide) at top to 5 lobes, with 5 minutely pimply, yellow bulges at the throat.
Nutlets 4, clustered together, 2-4 mm long, with marginal, barb-tipped prickles mostly free (but sometimes fused) to near base, facial prickles 0-3.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Moist to mesic rocky slopes, grasslands and shrublands in the lowland and steppe zones; frequent in S BC east of the Coast-Cascade Mountains; E to W ON and S to CA and NM.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Hackelia floribunda

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) 385 1481 2268
Slope Gradient (%) 0 36 70
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
94 138 335
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
1 3 5
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: ESSF(7), IDF(1), MS(2), SBS(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.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Hackelia leptophylla (Rydb.) I.M. Johnst.
Lappula floribunda (Lehm.) Greene

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