Page author: David Giblin
Neoholmgrenia andina
blackfoot river suncup, obscure suncup

Distribution: East of the Cascades in Washington; British Columbia south to California, east to Montana and Utah.

Habitat: Dry hillsides and sagebrush scablands to the ponderosa pine forests of the foothills.

Flowers: May-July

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Annual, often broader than tall, with several stems, the branches ascending, simple to freely-forked, 3-15 cm. long, covered with fine, appressed hairs.


Leaves alternate, linear to linear-spatulate, 5-25 mm. long and 0.5-2 mm. broad, mostly basal, the lower branches nearly leafless;


Flowers sessile in crowded, short, linear-bracteate spikes; calyx tube 0.5-2 mm. long, the 4 lobes distinct and reflexed; petals lemon yellow, ovate, 1-2 mm. long; stamens 8, the filaments short; style exerted, 1.7-3 mm. long, the stigmas capitate: ovary inferior, 4-celled.


Capsule spindle-shaped, 4-8 mm. long.