Linanthus bigelovii (A. Gray) Greene
Family: Polemoniaceae
Bigelow's linanthus,  more...
[Gilia bigelovii A. Gray]
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PLANT: Annual, 6-30 cm tall, simple or with 1-5 widely spaced, dichotomous branches above the base, glabrous. LEAVES: mostly simple, sometimes with 3 lobes, linear, 1-3.5 cm long, glabrous. INFLORESCENCE: open, the flowers 1-3, axillary and terminal. FLOWERS: sessile to subsessile; calyx glabrous, narrowly campanulate, 8-13 mm long, the lobes equalling the tube, the hyaline membranes usually wider than the herbaceous ribs; corolla nocturnal, closed during the day, funnelform, 8-16 mm long, white to cream, the lobes tinged with purple; stamens inserted on the upper tube; filaments glabrous; style included. 2n=18. NOTES: Sandy to rocky soils, washes and bajadas, desert shrubland and woodland; Coconino, Gila, Graham, La Paz, Maricopa, Mohave, Pima, Pinal, Santa Cruz, Yavapai, Yuma cos.; 60-1400 m (200-4600 ft); Feb-May; s CA to s UT. REFERENCES: Dieter H. Wilken and J. Mark Porter, 2005, Vascular Plants of Arizona: Polemoniaceae. CANOTIA 1: 1-37.
Wilken and Porter 2005, Wiggins 1964, Kearney and Peebles 1969
Duration: Annual Nativity: Native Lifeform: Forb/Herb General: Annual 6-30 cm tall, simple or with 1-5 widely spaced, dichotomous branches above the base, glabrous. Leaves: Mostly simple, sometimes with 3 lobes, linear and entire, 1-3.5 cm long, glabrous. Flowers: Open inflorescence, flowers 1-3, axillary and terminal; flowers sessile to subsessile; calyx glabrous, narrowly campanulate, 8-13 mm long, the lobes equaling the tube, hyaline membranes usually wider than the herbaceous ribs; corolla nocturnal, closed during the day, funnelform, 8-16 mm long, white to cream, the lobes tinged with purple; stamens inserted on the upper tube; filaments glabrous; style included. Fruits: Cylindrical oblong capsule, several seeded. Ecology: Found on grassy or sandy hillsides, along washes, often in sandy to rocky soils from 200-4,500 ft (61-1372 m); flowers February-May. Notes: The white corolla is often streaked with crimson on the inside. Ethnobotany: Unknown but other species in the genus have some uses. Etymology: Linanthus is from the Greek linon meaning flax and anthos, flower, while bigelovii is named for Dr. John Milton Bigelow (1804-1878), who collected during the Whipple expedition. Synonyms: Gilia bigelovii Editor: SBuckley, 2010
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