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Lappula longispina
long-spined stickseed

Distribution: Occurring east of the Cascades crest in Washington; south-central British Columbia to southwest Idaho.

Habitat: Sagebrush desert, dry slopes, basalt rimrock, and sand dunes

Flowers: May-July

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Annual, Biennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Puberulent annual or winter annual, the stems simple or branched, 0.5-4 dm. tall.


Leaves numerous; basal leaves oblanceolate, often deciduous, up to 6 cm. long and 1 cm. wide; cauline leaves linear-oblong to linear, reduced upward to the small lanceolate bracts of the inflorescence.


: Inflorescence of terminal, bracteate false-racemes with short pedicels; calyx cleft to the base, 2-4 mm. long; corolla inconspicuous, blue or white, equaling the calyx, the limb 1.5-2.5 mm. wide; nutlets surpassed by the style and narrowly attached to it; hairy appendages at the top of the tube opposite the corolla lobes.


Nutlets 4, the marginal prickles in a single row, distinct or united below to form a cup-like border.

Accepted Name:
Lappula longispina

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Lappula longispina in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Lappula longispina checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Lappula longispina atlas page.

CalPhotos: Lappula longispina photos.

USDA Plants: Lappula longispina information.

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