Eriogonum fasciculatum (Benth.) Torrey & A. Gray var. foliolosum (Nutt.) Abrams

Leafy Buckwheat
Polygonaceae (Buckwheat Family)



 
Leafy or wild buckwheat is a robust many-branched spreading shrub with small densely-fascicled (hence the specific name) oblanceolate revolute leaves, green and glabrous above, white-wooly below, and pinkish-white flowers in dense terminal inflorescences.  Very common and abundant on dry slopes of chaparral and coastal sage scrub, buckwheat blooms throughout much of the year, but primarily from May to November.  It is related to the commercial buckwheat that produces flour, but this species would not be especially useful for that purpose.  It is however utilized by bees for making a very nice honey. Buckwheat is one of the most typical, widespread and common plants of Southern California chaparral.  The Jepson Manual lists four main variants:  fasciculatum, primarily a coastal variant; flavoride, uncommon, from the deserts to Baja;  foliolosum, probably the most widespread and common; and polifolium, the typical desert buckwheat.  These pictures were taken along the Mishe Mokwe Trail in the western part of the Santa Monica Mountains and at Winter Creek in the San Gabriels.
 
Click here for Latin name derivations: 1) Eriogonum 2) fasciculatum 3) foliolosum.
Pronunciation: er-ee-OG-an-um fa-sik-yoo-LAY-tum fo-lee-oh-LO-sum.
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