Leptosiphon aureus ssp. aureus
Leptosiphon aureus (Nutt.) J.M. Porter & L.A. Johnson ssp. aureus
Golden Linanthus, Desert Gold
Polemoniaceae (Phlox Family)
Synonym(s): Linanthus aureus, Linanthus aureus ssp. aureus
USDA Symbol: LEAUA3
A tiny, spindly plant, usually with 3 branches at a fork, with pale to deep yellow, funnel-shaped flowers on very slender stalks.
Flowers: Corolla 1/4-1/2 inch (6-13 mm) wide, 5-lobed, with a narrow tube, often with maroon at opening.
Northern Linanthus (Leptosiphon septentrionalis), found from Alberta south to Colorado and west to the Sierra Nevada and Cascade Range, has a similar manner of branching but grows to 10 inches (25 cm) high and has flowers with a white, pale blue, or lavender corolla about 1/8-1/4 inch (3-6 mm) long.
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Bloom InformationBloom Time: Apr , May , Jun
DistributionUSA: AZ , CA , NM , NV , UT
Native Distribution: Southern California east to southern Nevada and through southern Arizona to southwestern New Mexico, and south to northern Mexico.
Native Habitat: Desert floors and sandy slopes.
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Leptosiphon aureus ssp. aureus in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Leptosiphon aureus ssp. aureus in the Flora of North America (if available)
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MetadataRecord Modified: 2012-08-11
Research By: TWC Staff