Page author: Ben Legler
Nama densa
leafy nama, matted nama
WTU specimens
Other herbaria

Distribution: Adams County, Washington, south to California and east to Idaho and Nevada.

Habitat: Dry, sandy places in the deserts and foothills.

Flowers: May - July

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Dwarf, prostate, dichotomously-branched, taprooted annual, spreading-hairy throughout.


Leaves alternate, entire, oblanceolate, crowded toward the tips of the branches, up to 4 cm. long and 6 mm. wide.


Flowers solitary and terminal, subtended by a leaf, appearing to be in the forks of the branches; calyx 5-lobed, cleft nearly to the base; corolla white to lavender, funnel-shaped, 2.5-5 mm. long, the limb 1-3 mm. wide; style 0.3-1.5 mm. long, cleft only at the tip.


Capsule dehiscing along the midrib of each cell.

Accepted Name:
Nama densa Lemmon

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Nama densum Lemmon, orthographic variant [HC]
var. parviflora – matted nama
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Nama densa in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Nama densa checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Nama densa atlas page.

CalPhotos: Nama densa photos.

USDA Plants: Nama densa information.

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