Round Leafed Phacelia, Roundleaf Phacelia
Color: White to pale yellow
Common name: Round Leafed Phacelia, Roundleaf Phacelia
Latin name: Phacelia rotundifolia
Height: 1.5–11 inches
Description: Phacelia rotundifolia is an annual herb growing decumbent to erect, up to 28 centimeters tall. It is glandular and coated in short, stiff hairs which cause a poison ivy-like dermatitis. The hairy inflorescence is a one-sided curving or coiling cyme of bell-shaped flowers. Each flower is roughly half a centimeter long and white to purple in color with a pale yellow throat.
Leaf: The leaves are conspicuously rounded and have scalloped edges or dull teeth. The round leaf blade is borne on a stalk.
Range: White and Inyo Mountains, Desert
Habitat: Rocky slopes, crevices, ledges, creosote-bush scrub and pinyon/juniper woodland
Elevation: < 2000 m.
Flowering time: Apr–Jun
Notes: Photographed May 15, 2010 in Titus Canyon, Death Valley National Park, Inyo County, California. Phacelia rotundifolia is a dicot that is native to California and is also found outside of California, but is confined to western North America. Distribution outside California: to sw Utah, Arizona.
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