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

Leptosiphon harknessii (Curran) J.M. Porter & L.A. Johnson
Harkness' linanthus
Polemoniaceae (Phlox family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Species Information

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Annual herb from a taproot; stems slender, often branched, hairless or minutely hairy in part, 5-20 cm tall.
Opposite, unstalked, palmately cleft into 3 to 7 soft, thread-like segments 5-15 mm long, or the uppermost leaves entire, the segments fringed with bristly hairs; leaves of the inflorescence longer than those below and more densely fringed.
Capsules, 3-chambered; seeds 1 per chamber, swelling and becoming sticky when moistened.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Dry meadows, grasslands and forest openings in the steppe to subalpine zones; rare in SC and SE BC, known recently only from Idaho Peak, Slocan Valley; S to ID, NV and CA.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


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

Linanthus harknessii (Curran) Greene
Linanthus harknessii subsp. condensatus H. Mason
Linanthus harknessii subsp. harknessii

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