Socrates Mine Jewelflower
(Streptanthus brachiatus ssp. brachiatus )
Photo Copyright Rick York and CNPS
Description: Perennial herb 8-16 inches (2-4dm) tall. Basal leaves are oblanceolate, fleshy, 5/8 - 1 1/2 inches (1.5-4cm) long, and have a short, winged stem. Lower cauline (attached to stem) leaves are narrowly pear-shaped, with sharp-toothed edges. Upper cauline leaves are spear-shaped. The flowers have a light purple, urn-shaped calyx, without hairs, and sepals 1/4 - 3/8 inches (6-9mm) long. Petals are white to purple, 1/4 - 3/8 inches (7-9mm) long. Fruit are narrow, 2 - 2 3/4 inches (5-7cm) long.
Habitat: Closed-cone coniferous forest, chaparral/serpentinite.
Flowering Period: Blooms May - June.
Status: BLM Sensitive, California Native Plant Society List 1B