PLANT: Annual, 3-15 cm tall, usually branched throughout; stems ascending, glabrous to pilose or glandular. LEAVES: 3-5, linear, mucronate, 3-8 mm long, glabrous to glandular. INFLORESCENCE: open, the flowers 1-3, mostly terminal. FLOWERS: pedicelled, the filiform pedicels 4-13 mm long; calyx glabrous, campanulate, 3-8 mm long, the lobes equalling the tube, the hyaline membranes as wide as the herbaceous ribs; corolla diurnal, closed at night, rotate, 6-15 mm long, white or bright yellow, the throat maroon to orange, with a ring of hairs between the tube and the throat; stamens inserted on the throat; style slightly exserted. NOTES: 2 vars.; CA to sw UT, NM and n Mex. REFERENCES: Dieter H. Wilken and J. Mark Porter, 2005, Vascular Plants of Arizona: Polemoniaceae. CANOTIA 1: 1-37.
Wilken and Porter 2005
Duration: Annual Nativity: Native Lifeform: Forb/Herb General: Annual 3-15 cm tall, branched throughout with ascending stems, glabrous to pilose or glandular. Leaves: Linear, mucronate, 3-5, each 3-8 mm long, glabrous to glandular. Flowers: Compact and terminal inflorescence, open with 1-3 flowers; flowers pedicelled, filiform pedicels 4-13 mm long; calyx glabrous, campanulate, 3-8 mm long, lobes equaling tube, the hyaline membranes as wide as the herbaceous ribs; corolla diurnal, closed at night, rotate, 6-15 mm long, white or bright yellow, throat maroon to orange, with ring of hairs between the tube and throat; stamens inserted on throat, style highly exserted. Fruits: Ovoid to oblong capsule. Ecology: Found in sandy to gravelly soils, along washes and bajadas and into the desert shrubland and woodlands from 1,500-6,000 ft (457-1829 m); flowers March-June. Notes: Two varieties are found in our region: var. aureus and var. decorus. Var. aureus is distinguished by its corolla tube and lobes being yellow with an orange throat, while var. decorus has a white tube and lobes, with a maroon throat. There is overlap in the species, with the former being more widely distributed in the eastern part of the state, and the latter in the west. Ethnobotany: Unknown Etymology: Leptosiphon comes from Greek leptos, slender, and siphon, tube, while aureus means golden. Synonyms: Linanthus aureus, Linnaeus aureus subsp. aureus Editor: SBuckley, 2010