(Loeflingia squarrosa var. artemisiarum )
Photo Copyright 1982 CNPS
Description: Annual plant, 3/8 - 2-3/4 inches (1-7 cm), much branched at base, glandular-hairy, and more-or-less fleshy. Leaf stipules 1/32 inch (0.4-0.6 mm); blade 1/16 - 1/8 inch (2-4 mm) long, bristly; base generally fused into a sheath that is short, thin, dry, pliable, dark-colored or translucent (scarious); tip blunt to spine-tipped. Flower bud like; sepals 2.7-3 mm, spine-tipped, in fruit equal and tip straight. Fruit 1.5-2.5 mm.
1. Flowers axillary and bud like.
2. Plant much branched and glandular-hairy.
3. Sepals equal and tip straight
Distribution: Lassen County. Also Nevada and Oregon. Within public lands administered by the Eagle Lake Field Office near Cal-Neva Lake northeast of Herlong. Also north of Bonham Place at west side of Smoke Creek Desert. No status in Nevada.
Habitat: Sandy dunes and flats in sagebrush scrub at 3,500 to 4,000 ft. (1067 to 1219 meters).
Flowering Period: April - May.
Similar Plants: Loeflingia squarrosavar. squarrosa but sepals unequal and tips recurved. Also, supposedly it does not occur here.
Status: BLM Sensitive, California Native Plant Society List 2