Leptosiphon septentrionalis (Northern Linanthus) - photos and description

 

 

 

 

 

 

General: Slender, erect annuals with a much-branched growth habit. Stems glabrous.

Flowers: Flowers are funnelform, white, single on long stalks. We measured a flower at 3 mm long.

Leaves: Leaves opposite, palmately divided to the base to 3 to 5 thread-like segments, a segment measured at 5 mm long. The leaves have short hairs,

Height: Height listed in Budd's Flora from 30 cm, we measured plants from 10 cm tall.

Habitat: Habitat is dry prairie and hills in extreme southwest corner Saskatchewan. We have found them most frequently in grassy, dried stream beds and shallow ravines.

Abundance: This plant is very rare, ranked as an S1 (as of 2019) by the Saskatchewan Conservation Data Centre.

Origin: Native.

Synonym: Listed in some of the field guides we use as Linanthus septentrionalis.

When and where photographed: The above photos were taken June 24th, south of the Cypress Hills, about 450 km southwest of our home in Regina, SK.