Canchalagua is an erect glabrous annual 6"
to 2' tall with a simple stem branching above. The leaves are
opposite, sessile, narrowly ovate to oblong, and pale green. The beautiful
flowers are solitary at the ends of branches. The corolla has
five rose colored petals white at the base with a yellow throat, sometimes
with red spots on the white patches. The five stamens have anthers
that twist spirally after their pollen has been harvested, and the stigma
is fan-shaped on a long style. The fruit is a many seeded capsule.
Canchalagua blooms from May to July and occupies dry slopes and
flats in coastal sage scrub and chaparral, grassland and forest to about
3000' from western San Diego Co. to Ventura Co. and the edge of the
Mojave Desert. This relatively common species is truly one of
our most attractive flowers. These pictures were taken at Santa
Fe Dam Recreational Area in the flood plain of the San Gabriel River.
Click here for Latin name derivations: 1) Zeltnera
Pronunciation: ZELT-ner-a ven-OOS-ta.
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Formerly Centaureum venustum.