Grayleaf skullcap is a ± glabrous to pubescent
annual with appressed-ascending generally gland-tipped hairs that grows
4"-12" high from a slender rhizome. The leaves are narrow-lanceolate
to linear, opposite, subsessile and rounded at the apices. The flowers
are axillary in the upper half of the plant. The calyx is puberulent
to 1/4" long, the corolla deep blue-violet and curved upward, the
lower lip sometimes white-patched and the inner surface long-hairy. This skullcap may be
found in gravelly or rocky places below about 7000' in chaparral, oak
woodland and yellow pine forest, ranging from the Santa Rosa, San Jacinto
and San Bernardino Mts. north to central California, and blooming from
May to July. The former name of this species was S. austinae.
Click here for Latin name derivations: 1) Scutellaria
Pronunciation: skoo-tel-AIR-ee-a si-fo-kam-pil-OI-dees.
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