Gunsight fairyfan or gunsight clarkia is an erect, simple or branched,
glabrous annual growing to 32" tall with alternate linear to lance-linear
leaves, subentire and almost sessile. The inflorescence axis is erect
but the buds are nodding. The four sepals remain fused and turned to
one side, and the lavender to red-purple petals are two-lobed with a
sharp tooth in the sinus, clawed, and often with a white-surrounded
red-purple spot. There are eight stamens with the outer ones being lavender
to purple, and the inner smaller and paler. The stigma may extend beyond
the anthers or not. This eye-catching Clarkia inhabits dry slopes from
1500' to 6000' on the north slopes of the Transverse Range and north
to the Tehachapis and Inyo Co, and blooms in May and June. This picture
was taken off of the Big Pines Hwy (N4) just north of the Angeles Crest
in the San Gabriels.
Click here for Latin name derivations: 1) Clarkia 2) xantiana.
Pronunciation: KLAR-kee-a zan-tee-AY-na.
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