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Githopsis specularioides
common bluecup

Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia to California.

Habitat: Dry, open places in the valleys and foothills.

Flowers: May-June

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Annual

Conservation Status: Sensitive in Washington (WANHP)


Annual herbs, the much-branched stems up to 3 dm. tall, the herbage glabrous or with fine, stiff hairs.


Leaves alternate, narrowly oblong, up to 15 mm. long and 3 mm. wide, remotely serrate.


Flowers solitary and terminal, but appearing scattered; calyx divided nearly to the base, the 5 lobes linear and elongate, 5-15 mm. long; corolla regular, narrowly bell-shaped, blue with whitish throat, 5-lobed, dimorphic, from shorter than the calyx lobes to much larger, up to 2 cm. long; stamens 5, free from the corolla; stigma 3-lobed; ovary inferior.


Capsule 3-celled, obconic, prominently ribbed, 6-15 mm. long, opening by terminal pores.

Accepted Name:
Githopsis specularioides Nutt.
Publication: Trans. Amer. Philos. Soc., n.s., 8: 258 [1842]. 1843.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Githopsis calycina Benth.
Githopsis specularioides Nutt. var. hirsuta Nutt.
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Githopsis specularioides in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database

WA Flora Checklist: Githopsis specularioides checklist entry

OregonFlora: Githopsis specularioides information

E-Flora BC: Githopsis specularioides atlas page

CalPhotos: Githopsis specularioides photos

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