Pectocarya linearis (Ruíz Lopez & Pavón) DC. ssp. ferocula
(I.M. Johnston) Thorne

Slender Pectocarya, Narrow-toothed pectocarya, Sagebrush combseed
Boraginaceae (Borage Family)


Slender pectocarya is a very small, slender-stemmed annual, prostrate or spreading, covered with stiff, grayish-white hairs and growing to about 5" tall.  The leaves are numerous, alternate, filiform-linear to oblanceolate-linear, and up to 1-1/2" long.  The flowers are minute, white and less than 1/8" long.  There are five united sepals in a strigose calyx and a five-lobed, tubular corolla.  The fruit is composed of four nutlets arranged in a bristly X-shaped structure about 1/8" long.  Slender pectocarya is found on open grassy mesas and slopes below 6000' in coastal sage scrub and chaparral, and in dry soils throughout cismontane southern California, blooming from March to May.  This species of Pectocarya can be distinguished from its close relative, species penicillata, according to the following characteristic.  Linearis has nutlets which are bristly along their entire margin, while penicillata nutlets are bristly only at the ends.

Click here for Latin name derivations: 1) Pectocarya 2) linearis 3) ferocula.
Pronunciation: pek-toe-KAR-ya lin-ee-AIR-is fe-RO-kew-la.
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