Pedicellate Phacelia, Specter Phacelia
Color: Lavender to purple
Common name: Pedicellate Phacelia, Specter Phacelia
Latin name: Phacelia pedicellata
Height: 12–50 cm
Description: Phacelia pedicellata is an annual herb growing a mostly erect stem up to 50 centimeters long. It is glandular and coated in stiff hairs, which, like those of many other Phacelia, cause dermatitis when touched. The hairy, glandular inflorescence is a one-sided curving or coiling cyme of bell-shaped flowers. Each flower is roughly half a centimeter long and may be pink to blue in color.
Leaf: The leaves are up to 12 centimeters long with rounded or oval blades, the largest divided into 3 to 7 leaflets.
Habitat: Sandy or gravelly washes, canyons
Elevation: < 1400 m.
Flowering time: Mar–May
Notes: Photographed Feb 25, 2005 in the Mojave Desert, north of Daggett, San Bernardino County. Phacelia pedicellata is a dicot that is native to California and is also found outside of California, but is confined to western North America.
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