Davidson's phacelia is a decumbent to erect annual
growing to 5" or 6" high with puberulent to sparsely stiff-hairy
stems and branchlets. The leaves are elliptic to oblanceolate
in overall outline, lower deeply lobed to compound and upper entire
to lobed. The short-hairy, oblanceolate calyx lobes are 4-5mm, slightly
larger in fruit. The corolla is rotate to bell-shaped, 7-15mm or larger,
lobes blue to violet, tube and throat white. The entire corolla is sometimes
white. The stamens are 3-6mm and the style 4-8mm, both short-hairy.
The fruit is ovoid and puberulent with 7-15 seeds. Davidson's phacelia
grows mostly in sandy to rocky soils in chaparral areas, foothill woodland
and yellow pine forest to about 7500', ranging from the eastern Sierra
Nevadas and Tehachapi Mts through the Transverse and Peninsular Ranges
and blooming from April to June. These pictures were taken in the San
Gabriels around Mt. Hillyer and along Santa Clara Divide Road.
Click here for Latin name derivations: 1) Phacelia
Pronunciation: fa-SEEL-ee-a day-vid-SONE-ee-eye.
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