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Amsinckia lycopsoides
bugloss fiddleneck, tarweed fiddleneck

Distribution: Occurring chiefly east of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia to California, east to the Great Plains, also in eastern North America.

Habitat: Roadsides, fields, meadows, grassy slopes, ponderosa pine forest openings, and other open areas from sagebrush desert into the mountains, often associated with some type of disturbance .

Flowers: April-July

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Annual

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Pollination: Bumblebees, bees, butterflies, flies


Bristly-hairy annual from a taproot, the simple or few-branched stem 1-6 dm. tall.


Leaves alternate, entire, stiff-hairy, linear to linear-oblong, up to 10 cm. long and 1.5 cm. wide, often crowded at the base.


Inflorescence a coiled false-raceme; sepals 5, free, hairy, 6-10 mm. long; corolla regular, 5-lobed, yellow-orange with vermillion marks in the throat, 6-10 mm. long, with hairy appendages at the top of the tube obstructing the throat, the limb 3-6 mm. wide; stamens 5.


Fruit of 4 nutlets, 2.5-3 mm. long, greenish to dark brown.

Accepted Name:
Amsinckia lycopsoides Lehm.
Publication: Delectus seminum quae in horto Hamburgensium botanico e collectione anni 1831 mutuae commutationi offeruntur. 1831.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Amsinckia lycopsoides in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database

WA Flora Checklist: Amsinckia lycopsoides checklist entry

OregonFlora: Amsinckia lycopsoides information

E-Flora BC: Amsinckia lycopsoides atlas page

CalPhotos: Amsinckia lycopsoides photos

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