Mojave linanthus (Leptosiphon breviculus)

Photo Courtesy of Don Davis

Mojave linanthus (Leptosiphon breviculus)

Leptosiphon breviculus (syn. Linanthus breviculus) is a species of flowering plant in the phlox family known by the common name Mojave linanthus. It is endemic to California, where it is known from the Mojave Desert and dry spots in the adjacent Transverse Ranges.

It is an annual herb producing a thin, hairy stem up to about 25 centimeters tall. The hairy, oppositely arranged leaves are each divided into very narrow needlelike lobes up to a centimeter long. The tip of the stem is occupied by an inflorescence of one or more white, pink, or blue flowers with purple throats, each about a centimeter wide.

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