Hook. & Arn., Bol. Beechey Voy. 8:368 (1839).
Synonymy: Hoitzia squarrosa Eschsch., Mem. Acad. Sci. St. Petersb. 10:283 (1826); Gilia squarrosa (Eschsch.)Hook. & Am., Bot. Beechey Voy. 4:151 (1833).
Common name: Skunkweed, Californian stinkweed.
Annual with usually 1 erect main stem to 45 cm tall, the short lateral branches more or less well developed, usually densely covered with glandular hairs, malodorous; leaves sessile, ovate to oblong-lanceolate, 15-35 x 10-25 mm, pinnate- to bipinnate-dissected with all lobes ending in spines, glandular-pubescent.
Inflorescence cymose heads terminal to all branches and surrounded by pinnate- to palmate-dissected bracts with spinescent points; calyx 7-10 mm, the pointed lobes about as long as the tube, glandular-pubescent; corolla funnel-shaped, 8-12 mm long, pale-blue or a purplish blue, the short lobes spreading; stamens inserted at about the middle of the corolla tube; anthers included; ovary 3-celled, surmounted by a slender style with a 3-lobed stigma.
Capsule ovoid, 3-4 mm long, with numerous seeds.
||Branch, leaf and part of the corolla.
Image source: fig. 525 in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).|
Abrams (1951) Ill. Flora Pacific States, 3:fig. 4001.
S.Aust.: SL. W.Aust.; N.S.W.; Vic.; Tas. Native to southern California and North America.
Flowering time: Dec., Jan.
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