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Nemophila parviflora Douglas ex Benth.
Small-flowered Nemophila (Skunkweed; smallflower nemophila)
Hydrophyllaceae (Waterleaf family)

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Nemophila parviflora var. parviflora

Species Information

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Annual herb from a taproot; stems prostrate to ascending, widely branching, appressed stiff-hairy, 5-30 cm long/tall.
Stem leaves opposite or a few upper leaves alternate, pinnatifid with 5(7) oblong lobes, the blades 1-3.5 cm long, 0.8-2.5 cm wide, stalked, appressed-hairy on both sides or spreading-hairy below; basal leaves, if present, similar, few.
Inflorescence of solitary, stalked axillary flowers; corollas lavender, bell-shaped, 1-3 mm long, 2-4.5 mm wide; calyces equal or sub-equal to the corollas, 5-lobed, the lobes hairy and fringed, broadly lanceolate; calyx appendages 1 mm long, 1/4-1/2 as long as the calyx lobes, reflexed.
Capsules; seeds 2-4, 2-2.5 mm long, irregularly pitted.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Mesic disturbed areas and open forests in the lowland zone; common on SE Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands, rare on the lower mainland; S to ID, UT and CA.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Nemophila parviflora

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) 21 95 244
Slope Gradient (%) 0 30 84
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
45 125 270
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
1 2 6
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: CDF(20), CWH(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 cool mesothermal.

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