Amsinckia menziesii var. intermedia
Amsinckia menziesii (Lehm.) A. Nelson & J.F. Macbr. var. intermedia (Fisch. & C.A. Mey.) Ganders
Common Fiddleneck, Intermediate Fiddleneck
Boraginaceae (Borage Family)
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.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Annual
Fruit Type: Schizocarp
Size Notes: Up to about 5 feet tall, often shorter.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Orange , Yellow
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May
DistributionUSA: AK , AZ , CA , CT , HI , ID , IL , MA , ME , MO , MT , ND , NE , NH , NV , NY , OR , PA , TX , UT , WA , 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
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Honey Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
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Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Natural Biodiversity - Johnstown, PA
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
BibliographyBibref 1218 - Tending the Wild: Native American Knowledge and the Management of California's Natural Resources (2006) Anderson, M. Kat
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Web ReferenceWebref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Amsinckia menziesii var. intermedia in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Amsinckia menziesii var. intermedia in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Amsinckia menziesii var. intermedia
MetadataRecord Modified: 2022-11-14
Research By: TWC Staff