Phacelia bombycina Woot. & Standl.
Family: Boraginaceae
Mangas Spring phacelia,  more...
[Phacelia tenuipes Woot. & Standl.]
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Max Licher  
Martin and Hutchins 1980
Duration: Annual Nativity: Native Lifeform: Forb/Herb General: Annual with few-leaved, erect and sparsely branched stems 10-25 cm tall, herbage both villous-hirsute and glandular, sometimes decumbent. Leaves: Alternate, petioled with basal ones 4-5 cm long, obtuse, mostly deeply pinnatifid, lobes oblong-ovate, rounded at apex, crenate, the cauline leaves few or absent, lobed. Flowers: Crowded scorpioid cymes, nearly sessile, 5 calyx lobes oblanceolate to oblong, 2-3 mm long, acute, glandular-hirsute, funnelform corolla lavender, 5-6 mm long, lobes rounded, mostly entire, stamens and styles much exserted. Fruits: Subglobose capsule, glandular-hirtellous with dark brown, minutely pitted seeds. Ecology: Found on dry, rocky, or gravelly slopes; 4,500-5,500 ft (1372-1676 m); flowers April-June. Distribution: AZ, sw NM; south to n MEX. Notes: Phacelias are often hairy all over with pinnate leaves and most have an inflorescence curled like a scorpions tail (scorpoid cyme).They are notoriously difficult, make sure you have leaves, flowers and mature fruits to correctly identify most species. This species is part of the -crenulata complex- where many species and races often have overlapping and variable characters and are widely misidentified. Best to get a voucher but can be semi- distinct by its stem leaves which are shallowly lobed, oblong-egg-shaped and at the ends of petioles; glandular-hirsute foliage; and purple corollas with exserted stamens. Many of the collections of this bombycina in Arizona have been found along washes, or in gravelly soils and steep banks. Ethnobotany: Unknown, but other species in the genera have uses. Etymology: Phacelia from Greek phacelo- for bundle, while bombycina likely derives from the latin bombycinus, silken, of silk, or silky. Synonyms: Phacelia tenuipes Editor: SBuckley 2010, FSCoburn 2015
Phacelia bombycina image
Max Licher  
Phacelia bombycina image
Phacelia bombycina image
Patrick Alexander  
Phacelia bombycina image
Phacelia bombycina image
Phacelia bombycina image
Phacelia bombycina image
Phacelia bombycina image
Phacelia bombycina image
Patrick Alexander  
Phacelia bombycina image
Phacelia bombycina image
Phacelia bombycina image
Phacelia bombycina image
Phacelia bombycina image
Phacelia bombycina image
Patrick Alexander  
Phacelia bombycina image
Phacelia bombycina image
Phacelia bombycina image
Phacelia bombycina image