Plagiobothrys figuratus

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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: Annual herb from fibrous roots; sparsely to moderately straight appressed-hairy, also sometimes with slender spreading hairs; stems simple or branched, 10-40 cm tall. Leaves: Basal leaves nearly lacking; stem leaves oblong to linear, entire, 0.5-8 cm long, 3-8 mm wide, the lower 2-4 pairs opposite, the others alternate. Flowers: Inflorescence of several coiled, narrow, elongating, often paired spikes that lack bracts; flowers relatively large and showy; petals white, fused at base into a tube that spreads (5-10 mm wide) abruptly at top to 5 lobes, the throat with 5 yellow bulges; fruiting calyces 3-4 mm long, densely ascending-hairy. Fruits: Nutlets 4 (or fewer by abortion), egg-shaped, 1.2-1.7 mm long, wrinkled-pimply on both sides.

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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.



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