common names Fragrant Popcorn Flower
Abbreviation code: PLFI
- Kingdom: Plantae
- (unranked): Angiosperms
- (unranked): Eudicots
- (unranked): Asterids
- Order: (unplaced)
- Family: Boraginaceae
- Genus: Plagiobothrys
- Species: P. figuratus
General: Appressed-hairy annual from fibrous roots, the simple to moderately branched stem 1-4 dm. tall.
Leaves: Leaves all cauline, linear, sometimes elongate, the lower 2-4 pairs opposite, the others alternate.
Flowers: Inflorescence of naked spikes, tending to be paired, becoming elongate; calyx 3-4 mm. long, with yellowish, loose hairs; flowers fragrant, white with a yellow eye; corolla tube narrow, the 5 lobes abruptly spreading, the limb 5-10 wide; hairy appendages opposite the corolla lobes at the top of the tube; nutlets attached to the style in a small area near the base.
Fruit: Nutlets 4, ovate, 1.2-1.7 mm. long, keeled, rough
West of the Cascades, British Columbia to Oregon, and in the Columbia Gorge Ecological Setting Nonalkaline meadows, low ground, and moist fields; wet grassy areas, edges of water.
Moist to mesic coastal bluffs in the lowland zone; rare on SE Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands, known recently only from Whaling Station Bay (Hornby Island); S to OR.