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Phacelia franklinii (R. Br.) A. Gray
Franklin's phacelia
Hydrophyllaceae (Waterleaf family)

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Species Information

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Annual or biennial herb from a taproot; stems usually erect, solitary or main stem surrounded by several lesser stems, hairy with many of the hairs swollen and glandular at the base, 12-60 cm tall.
Basal leaves few, soon deciduous; stem leaves alternate, once to twice pinnately lobed, 1.5-9 cm long, 0.5-5 cm wide, gradually reduced upwards, coarsely spreading-hairy.
Inflorescence of scattered flowers in coiled clusters at ends of branches; corollas bell-shaped, purplish, glabrous within, hairy outside, 6-9 mm long, 8-12 mm wide; calyces hairy, the lobes linear; stamens slightly exserted, if at all, hairy.
Capsules 6-10 mm long; seeds oval, pitted.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Dry to mesic gravelly sites, roadsides, burns, and disturbed areas in the montane zone; infrequent in C and NE BC; N to AK, YT and NT, E to ON and S to MI, MN, ID and WY.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Phacelia franklinii

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) 2193 2193 2193
Slope Gradient (%) 65 65 65
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
155 155 155
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
3 3 3
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(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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