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Hackelia hispida
hispid stickseed, rough stickseed

Distribution: Occurring east of the Cascades crest in central and southeastern Washington; central Washington, and southeastern Washington, northeastern Oregon, and adjacent western Idaho.

Habitat: Cliffs and talus slopes.

Flowers: May-July

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Sensitive in Washington (WANHP)

Pollination: Bees, flies, butterflies


Perennial from a taproot, the several stems 2-8 dm. tall, green, nearly glabrous; herbage with spreading-bristly hairs.


Basal leaved persistent, petiolate, oblanceolate to narrowly elliptic, 5-20 cm. long and 4-15 mm. wide, with short, stiff hairs; cauline leaves progressively smaller, sessile, lanceolate to linear.


Inflorescence of nearly naked false-racemes; calyx cleft to the base; corolla ochroleucous or greenish-tinged, 5-lobed, the tube slender, the limb spreading abruptly, 4-5 mm. wide; glabrous appendages opposite the corolla lobes at the top of the tube; stamens not exerted; style shorter than the nutlets.


Nutlets 4, attached to the base of the style, with marginal prickles united nearly their length to form a cup-like border; intramarginal prickles small.

Accepted Name:
Hackelia hispida (A. Gray) I.M. Johnst.
Publication: Contr. Gray Herb. 68: 46. 1923.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Hackelia hispida in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database

WA Flora Checklist: Hackelia hispida checklist entry

OregonFlora: Hackelia hispida information

E-Flora BC: Hackelia hispida atlas page

CalPhotos: Hackelia hispida photos

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