Common fiddleneck is a slender, erect, bristly
annual growing 8" to 32" tall with linear to lanceolate leaves
up to 6" long. The flowers are in a tightly coiled inflorescence
to 8" long that has leafy bracts at the base. The calyx is
green, 5-lobed and very bristly, and with whitish hirsute margins. The
corolla is tubular-salverform from 1/4" to 7/16" across, with
five orange to yellow lobes. The limb of the corolla usually has
five red to orange marks. The fruit contains 4 spineless nutlets,
ovoid to angular-ovoid, tubercled and sometimes ridged. This species
of fiddleneck is extremely common in many plant communities throughout
cismontane California and occasional on the desert, where it is more
often replaced by A. tessellata. It prefers grassy and open places
below 5000', blooming from March to June. Another, slightly smaller
relative is A. menziesii, which is not as common,
has a corolla only 1/8" to 1/4" wide, is more yellowy than
orange, and lacks the red-orange marks.
Click here for Latin name derivations: 1) Amsinckia 2) intermedia.
Pronunciation: am-SINK-ee-a in-ter-ME-dee-a.
Click here for Botanical
Formerly Amsinckia menziesii var. intermedia