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Loeseliastrum matthewsii (Desert calico)
Miller, Holmes O.

Loeseliastrum matthewsii

Loeseliastrum matthewsii (A. Gray) Timbrook

Desert Calico

Polemoniaceae (Phlox Family)

Synonym(s): Langloisia matthewsii, Loeselia matthewsii

USDA Symbol: LOMA10

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Small bristly tufts or mats with colorful white to pink or lavender-dotted, bilaterally symmetrical flowers nestled among leaves.

All species in this genus are tufted and rather bristly. Schotts Calico (L. schottii), also bilaterally symmetrical, has a pale lavender corolla with purple spots or a purple, arch-shaped patch. Species of Loeseliastrum were once considered to be part of the larger genus Langloisia. Flower shape and other features distinguish the two genera.

 

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
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Bloom Information

Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun

Distribution

USA: CA , NV
Native Distribution: Southern California northeast to northwestern Arizona and south to Mexico.
Native Habitat: Open, gravelly or sandy deserts.

Additional resources

USDA: Find Loeseliastrum matthewsii in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Loeseliastrum matthewsii in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Loeseliastrum matthewsii

Metadata

Record Modified: 2012-08-11
Research By: TWC Staff

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