Phacelia cryptantha Greene
Family: Boraginaceae
Hidden-Flower Scorpion-Weed,  more...
[Phacelia cryptantha var. derivata J. Voss]
Phacelia cryptantha image
Max Licher  
Wiggins 1964, Kearney and Peebles 1969
Duration: Annual Nativity: Native Lifeform: Forb/Herb General: Annual 10-50 cm tall from slender taproot, short-glandular-pubescent and hispid throughout, inflorescence most heavily glandular; stems branched from base, branches ascending to erect, forming a rounded clump. Leaves: Oblong to ovate 3-9 cm long, 1.5-5 cm wide, pinnate or pinnatifid, divisions ovate to oblong, remote, toothed; petioles slender, usually distinctly shorter than blade. Flowers: Scorpioid cyme, simple or few branched, lax, many flowered, branches 2-10 cm long, those erect in fruit; calyx lobes linear-oblanceolate with very narrow claw and dilate at apex, 4-7 mm long, 0.5-1 mm wide, enlarging to about 1 cm in fruit, densely hispid; corolla campanulate-funnelform, 4-7 mm long, 3-4 mm wide across limb, lobes lavender, 2-3 mm long, stamens 3-4 mm long, glabrous, corolla scales inserted in upper part of tube, adnate full length or with an acute free tip; style 3-4 mm long, hispid toward base, cleft to middle or slightly below. Fruits: Globose capsule, about 2 mm long, hispid. Ecology: Found on moist hillsides and canyons, along with arid slopes from 2,500-4,500 ft (762-1372 m); flowers April-June. Distribution: NV, AZ, se CA Notes: Often found under Quercus turbinella and other shrubs. Similar to P. distans but look at the hispid calyx with lobes contracted into long slender claws; lavender-purple corolla (vs. blue in P. distans); and corolla less than 7 mm wide at the top. Ethnobotany: Unknown Etymology: Phacelia from Greek phacelo- for bundl, while cryptantha is from the Greek krypsis, meaning hiding, suppression, concealment, thus a hidden flower. Synonyms: Phacelia cryptantha var. derivata Editor: SBuckley, 2010