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Dwarf Phacelia - Phacelia scopulina
Other Names:  Phacelia lutea var. scopulina

Potential Species of Concern

Global Rank: G4
State Rank: SH
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Known in Montana from one 1885 collection by P.A. Rydberg near Melrose, probably in Silver Bow County.
 
General Description
Dwarf Phacelia is an annual that is branched from the base. It has nearly prostrate stems that are up to 2 dm long. The alternate leaves have well-developed petioles and narrowly elliptic blades that are up to 25 mm long. Leaf margins are entire or have a few large, shallow lobes. The foliage has short, spreading hairs. Short-stalked flowers are borne in narrow, 1-sided, curved spikes that unwind as they mature and which originate in the leaf axils. Yellow flowers have a 5-lobed tubular corolla that is 2-5 mm long and 5 strap-shaped, hairy sepals that become longer than the corolla in fruit. Stamens are ca. as long as the corolla tube. The fruit is a many-seeded capsule.

Lesica (2012) treats this species as P. lutea (Hook. & Arn.) J.T. Howell.

Phenology
Flowering in May or June.

Diagnostic Characteristics
Other prostrate members of Phacelia have more deeply lobed leaves. The yellow flowers are diagnostic for this species. Ours is variety scopulina. Treated as part of P. lutea by some authors.

Species Range
Unknown/Undetermined
 


Range Comments
Sw. MT, WY, NV, and OR, south to UT and CA.

Summary of Observations Submitted for Montana
Number of Observations: 1

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Habitat
Habitats in other areas of the species' range are described as "alkaline, usually barren clay or rarely sandy banks and flats in the deserts and foothills."

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