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Nemophila breviflora
Great Basin baby-blue-eyes

Distribution: Chiefly east of the Cascades in Washington; southern British Columbia to south to California, east to Colorado and Montana.

Habitat: Wooded slopes, thickets, and less often in open places, from the foothills to moderate elevations in the mountains.

Flowers: April-July

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Delicate annual from a taproot, the stem usually branched, weak, angled, 1-3 dm. tall.


Leaves alternate, thin, stiff-hairy, especially on the margins and on the petiole; leaf blades with a narrow rachis and 2 pairs of spreading, lateral lobes, these up to 2 cm. long and 7 mm. wide.


Flowers solitary in the leaf axils, the pedicels opposite the leaves, elongating to 5-15 mm. in fruit; flowers tiny, the lavender, cup-shaped corolla 2 mm. long, surpassed by the 5 bristly calyx lobes; appendages between the calyx lobes 1-2 mm. long; stamens 5, the filaments short; style short, shallowly 2-cleft.


Capsule 1-seeded.

Accepted Name:
Nemophila breviflora A. Gray
Publication: Proceedings of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences 10: 315. 1875.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Nemophila breviflora in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Nemophila breviflora checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Nemophila breviflora atlas page.

CalPhotos: Nemophila breviflora photos.

USDA Plants: Nemophila breviflora information.

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