Amsinckia menziesii var. intermedia
Color: Golden yellow to orange
Common name: Fiddleneck, common fiddleneck
Latin name: Amsinckia menziesii var. intermedia
Height: 20-60 cm.
Description: Inflorescence spike-like with coiled tip. Stiff hairs on stems and leaves. Flowers 5 petals sometimes with red/orange marks.
Leaf: Generally linear to narrowly lanceolate or oblong.
Habitat: Open, generally disturbed places.
Elevation: < 1700 m.
Flowering time: Mar–Jun
Notes: Photographed March 30, 2019, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park An abundant, common annual whose seeds and herbage are TOXIC to livestock (especially cattle) from alkaloids and high nitrate concentrations. Sharp plant hairs irritate human skin. Distribution outside California: to British Columbia, Idaho, Arizona, Baja California.
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