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Phacelia ramosissima Douglas ex Lehm.
Branched Phacelia (branching phacelia)
Hydrophyllaceae (Waterleaf family)

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Phacelia ramosissima var. ramosissima

Species Information

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Perennial herb from a branched stem-base and a taproot; stems numerous, simple or branched, prostrate to weakly ascending, glandular-hairy, 0.5-1.5 m long.
Basal leaves, if any, soon deciduous; stem leaves alternate, oblanceolate in outline, 10-20 cm long, 3-10 cm wide, pinnatifid, the lobes cleft and again toothed, stalked, glandular-hairy, odoriferous.
Inflorescence a coiled, 1-sided, dense, terminal cluster; corollas lavender, pale cream or sometimes white, 5-8 mm long, glabrous within; calyces hairy, the lobes linear; stamens strongly exserted, glabrous.
Capsules; seeds 2-4, pitted, ridged, 2-3 mm long.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Dry rocky soil and talus below limestone cliffs in the steppe zone; rare in SC BC, known only from Osoyoos; S to SE ID, AZ, 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.

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