Cordylanthus eremicus

(Coville & C. V. Morton) Munz

Man. S. Calif. Bot., 483, 601. 1935.

Common names: Desert bird’s-beak
Endemic
Basionyms: Adenostegia eremica Coville & C. V. Morton J. Wash. Acad. Sci. 22: 161, fig. [p. 162]. 1932
Synonyms: Cordylanthus ramosus subsp. eremicus (Coville & C. V. Morton) Munz
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 17. Treatment on page 671. Mentioned on page 670.

Stems erect or ascending, 10–80 cm, puberulent, glabrescent. Leaves puberulent, sometimes scabrous; proximal 10–40 mm, margins 3–7-lobed, lobes 1 mm wide; distal 5–25 × 1 mm, margins entire. Inflorescences capitate spikes, 3–14-flowered; bracts 5–10, 5–20 mm, margins 5–7-lobed, lobes purple or yellow-green, linear to filiform. Pedicels: bracteoles 10–20 mm, margins entire. Flowers: calyx 10–20 mm, tube 1–3 mm, apex entire or 2-fid, cleft 0–0.5 mm; corolla pink to lavender-pink, usually spotted with purple, 10–20 mm, throat 4–6 mm diam., abaxial lip pink or yellow, 3–6 mm, shorter than and appressed to adaxial; stamens 4, filaments hairy, fertile pollen-sacs 2 per filament, equal. Capsules oblong-lanceoloid, 7–10 mm. Seeds 10–15, pale-brown, ovoid, 1.5–2 mm, reticulate.

Discussion

Subspecies 2 (2 in the flora).

Cordylanthus eremicus is similar to C. wrightii, which also has relatively short, dense spikes and inflorescence bracts palmately three- to seven-lobed. Cordylanthus eremicus can be distinguished from C. wrightii by its gray to white hairs.

Selected References

None.

Key

1 Bracts: lobes purple distally, apices rounded to retuse; calyx tubes 2–3 mm; filaments hairy throughout. Cordylanthus eremicus subsp. eremicus
1 Bracts: lobes green to yellow-green distally, apices acute; calyx tubes 1 mm; filaments hairy distally. Cordylanthus eremicus subsp. kernensis
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yellow +  and pink +
0.3 cm3 mm <br />0.003 m <br /> (0.6 cm6 mm <br />0.006 m <br />) +
rounded +  and galeate +
2-fid (?) +  and Entire (?) +
0 cm0 mm <br />0 m <br /> (0.05 cm0.5 mm <br />5.0e-4 m <br />) +
Kerry A. Barringer +
(Coville & C. V. Morton) Munz +
Adenostegia eremica +
not leathery +  and not fleshy +
1 cm10 mm <br />0.01 m <br /> (2 cm20 mm <br />0.02 m <br />) +
spathe-like +
1 cm10 mm <br />0.01 m <br /> (2 cm20 mm <br />0.02 m <br />) +
oblong-lanceoloid +
0.7 cm7 mm <br />0.007 m <br /> (1 cm10 mm <br />0.01 m <br />) +
Desert bird’s-beak +
spotted with purple +, pink +  and lavender-pink +
1 cm10 mm <br />0.01 m <br /> (2 cm20 mm <br />0.02 m <br />) +
0.5 cm5 mm <br />0.005 m <br /> (2.5 cm25 mm <br />0.025 m <br />) +
2 +  and 1 +
indehiscent +, septicidal +, loculicidal +  and dehiscence +
axillary +  and terminal +
deciduous +
puberulent +
yellow-green +  and purple +
linear +  and filiform +
5-7-lobed +  and 3-7-lobed +
tenuinucellate +  and unitegmic +
campylotropous-like +
1 cm10 mm <br />0.01 m <br /> (4 cm40 mm <br />0.04 m <br />) +
Man. S. Calif. Bot., +
10 +  and 15 +
subequal +
aerial +  and subterranean +
ascending +  and erect +
10 cm100 mm <br />0.1 m <br /> (80 cm800 mm <br />0.8 m <br />) +
not fleshy +
expanded +
Cordylanthus ramosus subsp. eremicus +
Cordylanthus eremicus +
Cordylanthus +
species +
0.4 cm4 mm <br />0.004 m <br /> (0.6 cm6 mm <br />0.006 m <br />) +
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