Sunday, January 8, 2012

Phacelia mustelina

Death-valley phacelia
Boraginaceae (formerly Hydrophyllaceae)

Found in a very small number of canyons near Death Valley, P. mustelina is a BLM protected special status plant. Small and unobtrusive, its petite flowers are easly missed, but are quite a treat when found. Like most phacelias, its stems and leaves bear long trichomes with aromatic secretions. In some people, these chemicals can prompt an allergic reaction similar to that of Toxicodendron diversilobum.

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