Sagebrush Loeflingia
(Loeflingia squarrosa var. artemisiarum )
Caryophyllaceae

Sagebrush Loeflingia
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.

 Identifying Features:  

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

 

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Field Office: Eagle Lake, Bishop, Surprise