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Plagiobothrys leptocladus
alkali popcorn-flower, slender-branched popcorn-flower

Distribution: Occurring chiefly east of the Cascades crest in Washington; Washington to Baja California, east to the Rocky Mountains and northern Great Plains.

Habitat: Moist clay flats and beds of drying pools; tolerant of alkali.

Flowers: April-July

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Annual

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Pollination: Bees, flies


Tap-rooted or fibrous-rooted annual, subglabrous, with several or many prostrate stems 5-25 cm. long from the base.


Leaves linear or linear-oblanceolate, the lower up to 6 cm. long and 5 mm. wide; mostly alternate, but 1 or more pairs near the base opposite.


Stems commonly floriferous to near the base, each forming a loosely-flowered false raceme that may be irregularly leafy-bracteate below; calyx 4-7 mm. long, the 5 linear calyx lobes directed toward the same side of the fruit; corolla white, minute, the limb only 1-2 mm. wide.


Nutlets lanceolate, 1.5-2.5 mm. long, rough, often with minute bristles

Accepted Name:
Plagiobothrys leptocladus (Greene) I.M. Johnst.
Publication: Contr. Arnold Arbor. 3: 38. 1932.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Plagiobothrys leptocladus in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database

WA Flora Checklist: Plagiobothrys leptocladus checklist entry

OregonFlora: Plagiobothrys leptocladus information

E-Flora BC: Plagiobothrys leptocladus atlas page

CalPhotos: Plagiobothrys leptocladus photos

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