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Collinsia sparsiflora  Fisch. & C. A. Mey.  var. arvensis  (Greene) Jeps.
Field collinsia
Collinsia sparsiflora var. arvensis is an annual herb that is native to California, and endemic (limited) to California.
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Parent: Collinsia sparsiflora
Genus: Collinsia
Family: Plantaginaceae  
Category: angiosperm  
PLANTS group:Dicot
Jepson eFlora section: eudicot

Ultramafic affinity: 1.7 - weak indicator
Name Status:
Accepted by PLANTS

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Nursery availability from CNPLX
Commercial availability unknown.

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[wikipedia] Range, Varieties, Habitat, Botany, Ecology: Collinsia sparsiflora is a flowering plant in the family Plantaginaceae known by the common names spinster's blue-eyed Mary and few-flowered collinsia. One variety of the species is native to the West Coast of the United States as far north as Washington, while the other three varieties are limited to California alone.[1] Varieties Collinsia sparsiflora var. arvensis Collinsia sparsiflora var. bruceae Collinsia sparsiflora var. collina Collinsia sparsiflora var. sparsiflora[2] Habitat The plant grows in several types of habitat, including disturbed and cultivated areas. It has a weak affinity for serpentine soils,[3] growing from sea-level to 5000'. Botany It is an annual herb producing a slender, reddish stem up to 30 centimeters tall with an inflorescence of widely spaced nodes bearing one to three flowers each. The flower has very long, pointed sepals and purple, lavender, or occasionally white flowers. The fruit is a spherical, red-spotted capsule growing deep within the long sepals. Ecology Colinsia sparsiflora has been found to host discrete populations of Acaulospora AM fungi (AMF (ecology)) on serpentine soil, Glomus on non-serpentine soil types. (link added by Mary Ann Machi)

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Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals. [web application]. 2024. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: 07/18/2024).