South Coast Range Morning-Glory
(Calystegia collina ssp. venusta )
Photo Copyright 2003 Keir Morse
Description: Perennial herb with fine, dense, matted, short, brownish to whitish hairs. Stems 3 1/8 - 12 inches (8-30cm) long. Leaves triangular to kidney-shaped, with a wavy edge. Leaf structures at the base of the flower (bractlets) are spear-shaped to widely pear-shaped, 5/16 - 5/8 inches (8-16mm) long, and 1/8 - 3/8 inches (4-10mm) wide. The flower has sepals with fine, dense, matted hairs, and petals 1 - 1 3/4 inches (25-44mm) long. The fruit is roundish.
Habitat: Valley and foothill grassland, serpentinite or sedimentary. Elevation 1360 - 3616 feet.
Flowering Period: Blooms April - June.
Status: BLM Sensitive, California Native Plant Society List 4