- Scientific Name: Collinsia parviflora
- Family: Plantaginaceae
- Common Names: small-flowered blue-eyed Mary, collinsia
- Synonyms/Misapplications: Collinsia grandiflora
- Codon: COLPAR
|Genus:|| Collinsia Nutt.|
|Species:|| Collinsia parviflora Lindl.|
Annual, erect herb with small axillary blue to pinkish flowers, up to 40 cm tall. Stem simple to branched, sparsely pubescent. Leaves opposite; lower leaves long-petiolate, orbicular to rotund; upper leaves oblong to linear-lanceolate, to 4 cm long. Flowers zygomorphic, pedicelate 4-7 mm long; calyx 5-lobed, subequal; corolla bilabiate, tube not bent at right angle to calyx, 2 upper lobes, 3 lower lobes; stamens 4, didynamous; stigma capitate, ovary 2-carpellate, superior, becoming an elliptical capsule.
March - July
Occurs in BC extending south to California and east to Manitoba, Michigan, Colorado and Arizona (Pojar and MacKinnon, 1994; Ganders and Krause, 1986; Elle, 2002).
Rocky outcrops in coastal Douglas-fir zone. Areas that dry out rapidly in summer. Low to middle elevations but occasionally higher. Absent from the wet outer coast.
Ute use as an external treatment for soreness.
Seed sample from: 2011
Average measurement: 0.7 x 1.5 x 1
Measurement range: L: 0.5 - 0.9, W: 1.3 x 1.7, D: 0.9 x 1.3
Color Seeds bright red with elliptical, white, large depression that is the hilium on a longer seed side.
Surface Seeds red, matte, and very slightly bumpy. Possibly smoother than COGR. Some seeds have seed coat ridges at the edge of the seed, giving it a somewhat winged look.
Seed slightly larger than Collinsia grandiflora.
Could be confused with: Collinsia grandiflora.
Longitudinal cross section: irregular
Basic Explanations and Assumptions:
The dimensions for the seeds are length x width x depth. The location of the hilum is used as the base of the seed, and the length is measured from hilum to the opposite apex. Where a style is present, the length is measured from the hilum to the bottom of the style. Width is measured at a right angle to the length at the widest part. Depth is measured at a right angle to the intersection of height and width lines.
Measurements included are the mean average for each measurement of ten separate seeds.
All measurements in millimeters unless otherwise noted.
- Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved from https://www.itis.gov/servlet/SingleRpt/SingleRpt?search_topic=TSN&search_value=33534
- WTU Herbarium, Burke Museum, & University of Washington. Retrieved from http://biology.burke.washington.edu/herbarium/imagecollection/taxon.php?Taxon=Collinsia%20parviflora
- Bowcutt, F., & Hamman, S. (2016). Vascular Plants of the South Sound Prairies. p. 109.
- Hitchcock, C. L., Cronquist, A., Giblin, D., & Legler, B. et al. (2018). Flora of the Pacific Northwest: an illustrated manual. Seattle: University of Washington Press. p. 455.
- Hitchcock, C. L., Cronquist, A., Giblin, D., & Legler, B. et al. (2018). Flora of the Pacific Northwest: an illustrated manual. Seattle: University of Washington Press. p. 452.
- Native American Ethnobotany Database. Retrieved from http://naeb.brit.org/uses/search/?string=Collinsia+parviflora