Plant Species of the Borrego Desert: Campanulaceae: Nemacladus rubescens, desert nemacladus


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Table of Contents

Origin and Meaning of Name
Distinguishing Characteristics and Similar Species
Pictures of Young Plants, Mature Plants, and Dead Plants
Habitat, Distribution and Abundance
References

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Origin and Meaning of Name

Distinguishing Characteristics and Similar Species

Pictures of Young Plants, Mature Plants, and Dead Plants

Young Plant Pictures

James Dillane spotted this very young plant in Mine Canyon on 27 January 2011, as it was just sending up its stem, with just a few short branches with no flower buds yet:

As can be seen from the above picture, this plant is tiny! Since its identity was as yet unknown, James named it the dinkophyte, which we will forever associate with this species. (Dinkophyte is a contraction of dinky, for small, and phyte, for plant).

See also close-ups of the lower stem and leaves and of the upper stem, showing the developing young bracts / cauline leaves (there are no flower buds shown in this picture).

Note that the young plant has not yet developed the silvery-gray lower stem of the mature plant.

Tom Chester relocated the same plant on 4 March 2011, which : Many other annuals have progressed to full flower, including Nemacladus glanduliferus that we didn't even see as babies on the 1/27/11 trip. Kate Harper reobserved the dinkophyte and photographed it in bud on 26 March 2011. Kate Harper and Dylan Neubauer reobserved the dinkophyte on 4 April 2011. So the dinkophyte managed to survive car traffic for at least the 2+ months over which we observed it. But it didn't make it another 1.5 months to 20 May 2011.

Mature Plant Pictures

Dead Plant Pictures

Habitat, Distribution and Abundance

References


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Updated 23 May 2011.