Owens Peak Lomatium
(Lomatium shevockii )
Photo Copyright 2003 Heath McAllister
Description: Perennial herb in the carrot family, with a taproot. Plant 1 1/2 - 4 3/4 inches (4-12cm) tall, stemless with a fibrous base, and covered with a whitish/bluish film. Leaves are pear-shaped to slightly more triangular, 5/8 - 1 1/2 inches (1.5-4cm) long, with a stem 5/8 - 2 inches (1.5-5cm) long. Leaves contain 3-5 leaflets, pear-shaped to elliptic, and sharply lobed. Inflorescence is an umbel with a stem 1 1/2 - 4 3/4 inches (4-12cm) long, and flowers with purple petals. The fruit is elliptic to round, without hairs, and 5/16 - 3/8 inches (8-10mm) long.
Habitat: Rocky slopes, talus, coniferous forest, pine-oak woodland. Elevation 5664 - 7040 feet.
Flowering Period: Blooms April - May.
Status: BLM Sensitive, California Native Plant Society List 1B