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Phacelia minutissima
least phacelia, dwarf scorpion-weed

Distribution: Occurring east of the Cascades crest in Kittitas County in Washington; central Washington to northeastern Nevada, east to Idaho.

Habitat: Meadows and forest openings at middle elevations in the mountains.

Flowers: June-July

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Annual

Conservation Status: Endangered in Washington (WANHP)


Dwarf, branching annual, the stem up to 1 dm. tall, the herbage with short, spreading hairs and stalked glands throughout.


Leaves oblanceolate to linear-oblong, the blade up to 1 cm. long and 4 mm. wide, tapering to a petiole up to 4 mm. long.


Inflorescence short, few-flowered; calyx 2.5-3 mm. long, the 5 segments linear and unequal in length, one sometimes foliaceous and 1 cm. long; corolla lavender, 2.5-4 mm. long; stamens not exerted; style 1 mm. long.


Fruit a capsule, seeds about a dozen.

Accepted Name:
Phacelia minutissima L.F. Hend.
Publication: Bull. Torrey Bot. Club 27(6): 351. 1900.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Phacelia minutissima in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Phacelia minutissima checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Phacelia minutissima atlas page.

CalPhotos: Phacelia minutissima photos.

USDA Plants: Phacelia minutissima information.

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