Chloropyron maritimum subsp. canescens

(A. Gray) Tank & J. M. Egger

Syst. Bot. 34: 188. 2009.

Common names: Alkali bird's-beak
IllustratedEndemic
Basionyms: Cordylanthus canescens A. Gray Proc. Amer. Acad. Arts 7: 383. 1868
Synonyms: C. maritimus subsp. canescens (A. Gray) T. I. Chuang & Heckard
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 17. Treatment on page 667.

Stems 15–40 cm, canescent, villous, hairs spreading; branches erect or ascending, distals overtopping central spike. Leaves 15–30 mm. Spikes: bract margins entire or distally 2-toothed. Flowers: corolla-tube and abaxial lip white to pale-pink, galea yellow to yellow-green. Seeds 25–40, 1–1.5 mm. 2n = 30.


Phenology: Flowering Jun–Sep.
Habitat: Inland alkaline flats.
Elevation: 600–1900 m.

Distribution

Calif., Nev., Oreg., Utah.

Discussion

Subspecies canescens is the most widespread of the subspecies. Plants are always erect and have ascending branches. The stems are villous with conspicuous, straight, spreading white hairs.

Selected References

None.

Lower Taxa

None.

white +  and pale-pink +
rounded +  and galeate +
Kerry A. Barringer +
(A. Gray) Tank & J. M. Egger +
Cordylanthus canescens +
not leathery +  and not fleshy +
2-toothed +  and entire +
lanceolate +  and oblong-lanceolate +
ascending +  and erect +
spathe-like +
1.5 cm15 mm <br />0.015 m <br /> (2.5 cm25 mm <br />0.025 m <br />) +
0.6 cm6 mm <br />0.006 m <br /> (1 cm10 mm <br />0.01 m <br />) +
Alkali bird's-beak +
not elongate +
white;pale-pink +
white +  and pale-yellow or pale-pink +
1.5 cm15 mm <br />0.015 m <br /> (2.5 cm25 mm <br />0.025 m <br />) +
Calif. +, Nev. +, Oreg. +  and Utah. +
600–1900 m. +
pilose +  and glabrous +
2 +  and 1 +
indehiscent +, septicidal +, loculicidal +  and dehiscence +
yellow +  and yellow-green +
Inland alkaline flats. +
axillary +  and terminal +
0.5 cm5 mm <br />0.005 m <br /> (3 cm30 mm <br />0.03 m <br />) +
0.2 cm2 mm <br />0.002 m <br /> (0.8 cm8 mm <br />0.008 m <br />) +
deciduous +
1.5 cm15 mm <br />0.015 m <br /> (3 cm30 mm <br />0.03 m <br />) +
purple-red;redbrown +
narrowly triangular +  and triangular +
2-toothed +  and entire +
tenuinucellate +  and unitegmic +
campylotropous-like +
Flowering Jun–Sep. +
10 +  and 40 +
ovoid +  and reniform +
Illustrated +  and Endemic +
2 cm20 mm <br />0.02 m <br /> (9 cm90 mm <br />0.09 m <br />) +
subequal +
aerial +  and subterranean +
decumbent +, spreading +  and erect +
15 cm150 mm <br />0.15 m <br /> (40 cm400 mm <br />0.4 m <br />) +
not fleshy +
expanded +
C. maritimus subsp. canescens +
Chloropyron maritimum subsp. canescens +
Chloropyron maritimum +
subspecies +