From Hike to Saddle Mt 6/19/14 H325

Western Pearl-Flower
Heterocodon rariflorum rareflower heterocodon
Synonym: Specularia rariflorum

This is an annual herb producing a very thin, erect stem to 30 centimeters in maximum height. It branches few times if at all and is dark green to reddish in color. Leaves are occasional along the stem and are heart-shaped to rounded with a toothed edge. Also at occasions along the stem are the flowers, which emerge from a base of toothed or spiny leaflike sepals a few millimeters long. The corolla of the flower is a cylindrical tube 3 to 5 centimeters long, blue or lavender with darker veining and a lighter throat, and spreading into triangular lobes at the mouth. (from

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