Round Leafed Phacelia, Roundleaf Phacelia

Phacelia rotundifolia

Phacelia rotundifolia

Color: White to pale yellow

Common name: Round Leafed Phacelia, Roundleaf Phacelia

Latin name: Phacelia rotundifolia

Family: BORAGINACEAE

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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