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Pisapia, Robert J.
Amsinckia menziesii var. intermedia
Amsinckia menziesii (Lehm.) A. Nelson & J.F. Macbr. var. intermedia (Fisch. & C.A. Mey.) Ganders
Common fiddleneck, Intermediate fiddleneck
Synonym(s): Amsinckia arizonica, Amsinckia demissa, Amsinckia echinata, Amsinckia intactilis, Amsinckia intermedia, Amsinckia intermedia var. echinata, Amsinckia microphylla, Amsinckia nana, Amsinckia rigida
USDA Symbol: AMMEI2
Coils of small, yellow-orange flowers at branch ends; leafy stems with both long, spreading, bristly hairs and very short, dense, downward-projecting hairs.
The common name Fiddleneck refers to the coiled inflorescence. This species, now introduced in many places in the world, has large- and small-flowered races. More than 100 scientific names were applied to these races before they were understood to be components of a single widespread and variable species.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Annual Habit: Herb Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Orange , Yellow
Bloom Time: Apr , May
, WY Native Distribution:
Alaska south to Baja California and east to North Dakota, Nebraska, and New Mexico; also Texas, Missouri, llinois, and the Northeast. Native Habitat:
Along roadsides, fields, and other dry open places.
BenefitUse Food: Seeds harvested for food by indigenous peoples.
Warning: Can be toxic to animals if eaten. Humans should generally avoid ingesting plants that are toxic to animals.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
- Johnstown, PANative Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
Record Last Modified: 2008-12-17
Research By: TWC Staff