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|Family: Boraginaceae||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
|Genus: Lithospermum||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
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Lithospermum californicum A. Gray
Habit: Perennial herb; hairs spreading, +- coarse; caudex +- woody; red root dye 0. Stem: 1--several, 1.5--4 dm, clustered, +- branched. Leaf: +- few, scattered; blade 2.5--5 cm, oblong to lance-ovate. Inflorescence: open panicles +- few, or flowers 1 in upper leaf axils; pedicels 4--7 mm, recurved in fruit. Flower: corolla 12--18 mm, 1.5--2 × calyx, 7--9 mm diam, salverform to funnel-shaped, golden yellow, lobes entire, appendages 0. Fruit: nutlet 3.5--5 mm, wide-ovoid, abruptly short-tipped, smooth, shiny, white. Chromosomes: 2n=28.
Ecology: Open, dry slopes, yellow-pine forest, pine/oak woodland, chaparral; Elevation: 250--1900 m. Bioregional Distribution: KR, NCoRH, NCoRI, CaR, n SNH; Distribution Outside California: southwestern Oregon. Flowering Time: Apr--Jun Note: Heterostylous; cleistogamous flowers 0.
eFlora Treatment Author: Ronald B. Kelley
Jepson Online Interchange
Previous taxon: Lithospermum arvense
Next taxon: Lithospermum incisum
Citation for this treatment: Ronald B. Kelley 2017. Lithospermum californicum, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/eflora/eflora_display.php?tid=31253, accessed on March 27, 2017.
Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2017. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/eflora/, accessed on March 27, 2017.