Plectritis congesta (Lindl.) DC. subsp. congesta
shortspur seablush
Caprifoliaceae (Valerian family)
(Previously in Valerianaceae)

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Distribution of Plectritis congesta subsp. congesta
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Species Information

Annual herb from a taproot; stems erect, solitary, simple, smooth, 10-60 cm tall.
Basal leaves soon deciduous; stem leaves opposite, lowermost leaves spoon-shaped or egg-shaped with short stalks, others more oblong or elliptic and stalkless, smooth, 1-6 cm long, 3-22 mm wide.
Inflorescence of terminal, more or less headlike clusters; corollas white to pale or dark pink 1.5-9.5 mm long, 2-lobed, with a slender spur, the tip usually enlarged; calyces lacking.
Achenes, dry, 2-4 mm long, convex side of body usually keeled, not grooved lengthwise, winged or not, the wing margins not thickened, hairy near the tips or along the margins.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat and Range

Mesic to vernally moist meadows or dry rocky sites in the lowland zone; common in SW BC, rare in the Queen Charlotte Islands; S to CA.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Plectritis congesta var. congesta (Lindl.) DC