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Collinsia sparsiflora
few-flowered blue-eyed Mary, few-flowered collinsia
WTU specimens
Other herbaria

Distribution: Chiefly along the Columbia River Gorge in Washington; Washington south to northern Oregon, east to western Idaho.

Habitat: Open slopes and swales.

Flowers: March-April

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Description:
General:

Annual, the stems 5-20 cm. tall, erect, simple or branched, glabrous.

Leaves:

Leaves opposite throughout, the lower petiolate, broadly elliptic to ovate, the blade up to 1 cm. long, often few-toothed; other leaves linear to linear-lanceolate, becoming sessile upward, up to 3 cm. long and 5 mm. wide.

Flowers:

Flowers 1-3 in the axils of reduced upper leaves; calyx 5-11 mm. long, the 5 lobes lanceolate, acute, much longer than the tube, concealing the corolla tube; corolla bi-labiate, blue-lavender to white, 8-11 mm. long, the tube abruptly bent near the base, forming an oblique angle with the calyx, and strongly gibbous on the upper side near the bend; stamens 4, the upper pair of filaments spreading-hairy.

Fruits:

Capsule sub-globose, 4-6 mm. wide.

Accepted Name:
Collinsia sparsiflora Fisch. & C.A. Mey.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Infraspecies:
var. sparsiflora – few-flowered blue-eyed Mary, few-flowered collinsia
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Collinsia sparsiflora in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Collinsia sparsiflora checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Collinsia sparsiflora atlas page.

CalPhotos: Collinsia sparsiflora photos.

USDA Plants: Collinsia sparsiflora information.

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