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Phacelia howelliana

Phacelia howelliana

Phacelia howelliana

Phacelia howelliana (Howell's Phacelia)
Boraginaceae (Forget-Me-Not Family)

Semi-desert.  Shrublands, Pinyon/Juniper woodlands, openings.  Spring.
Near Corona/Bow Tie Arches, Utah, April 17, 2014.

Sand particles are stuck to the leaves and flower stems because of the very sticky glandularity of Phacelia howelliana.  You can see the bulbous tipped, tiny glandular hairs along the left side of the main stem. 

Notice also the scorpion tail twist to the flower buds at the 9 o'clock position.

Phacelia howelliana

Phacelia howelliana (Howell's Phacelia)
Boraginaceae (Forget-Me-Not Family)

Semi-desert.  Shrublands, Pinyon/Juniper woodlands, openings.  Spring.
Near Corona/Bow Tie Arches, Utah, April 17, 2014.

Arrows mark flower heads of two small branches. The branching pattern of Phacelia howelliana is one characteristic that helps identify it. Two other identifying characteristics are that the stem leaves are much smaller than the basal leaves and the stem leaves have petioles.