[The Genus Nemophila East of the Cascade Mts. of Oregon and Washington]

Great Basin Baby-blue-eyes, Basin Nemophila, Great Basin Nemophila, Short-flowered Nemophila

Nemophila breviflora

Flowers and sepals of Great Basin Baby-blue-eyes, Basin Nemophila, Great Basin Nemophila, Short-flowered Nemophila: Nemophila breviflora

The photo above shows a close-up of the flower of Great Basin nemophila as seen at the Ray Ridge Viewpoint in the Umatilla National Forest of southeastern Washington........June 25, 2007. Note that the whitish petals are shorter than the calyx lobes.

Characteristics:

Great Basin nemophila is a loosely erect, ascending, or somewhat prostrate plant with branched stems from 10-30 cm long. The weak stems are angled with alternate leaves. The stems are also covered with fine, short, backward prickles. The leaves are1-3 cm long, thin with a narrow central lobe or blade and 2 pairs of narrow, spreading lateral lobes. The edge of the blades and petioles are lined with tiny hairs.

The flower stems arise off of the stem opposite the leaves. The calyx lobes are broadly lanceolate, 2-3 mm long and covered with tiny, bristly hairs along their edges. The flowers are tiny with lavender to whitish corollas barely 2 mm long.


Habitat:

Great Basin nemophila may be found on moist wooded slopes, in thickets, or occasionally in open places from the foothills to moderate elevation in the mountains.


Range:

Great Basin nemophila may be found from southern British Columbia south along the eastern side of the Cascades Mts. to northern California and east to Montana and Colorado.


Stem leaves and developing fruits of Great Basin Baby-blue-eyes, Basin Nemophila, Great Basin Nemophila, Short-flowered Nemophila: Nemophila breviflora

The photo above shows a close-up of the developing fruits of Great Basin nemophila as seen at the Ray Ridge Viewpoint in the Umatilla National Forest of southeastern Washington.........June 25, 2007. Note the numerous long hairs at the margins of the leaves and calyx lobes.

Great Basin Baby-blue-eyes, Basin Nemophila, Great Basin Nemophila, Short-flowered Nemophila: Nemophila breviflora

The photo above shows Great Basin nemophila as seen from Brooks Meadows, Mt. Hood N.F........June 21, 1997.

Flower of Great Basin Baby-blue-eyes, Basin Nemophila, Great Basin Nemophila, Short-flowered Nemophila: Nemophila breviflora - Petals and sepals of Great Basin Baby-blue-eyes, Basin Nemophila, Great Basin Nemophila, Short-flowered Nemophila: Nemophila breviflora - Stem leaf of Great Basin Baby-blue-eyes, Basin Nemophila, Great Basin Nemophila, Short-flowered Nemophila: Nemophila breviflora

The photos above show close-up views of the flowers and leaf of Great Basin nemophila as seen in oak woods alongside Agency Creek at Fort Simcoe State Park about seven miles to the southwest of White Swan, WA..........April 5, 2008.

Great Basin Baby-blue-eyes, Basin Nemophila, Great Basin Nemophila, Short-flowered Nemophila: Nemophila breviflora

Great Basin nemophila as seen on vernally moist soils near the ski shelter atop Lookout Mountain, Ochoco National Forest..........June 15, 2015.

Great Basin Baby-blue-eyes, Basin Nemophila, Great Basin Nemophila, Short-flowered Nemophila: Nemophila breviflora - Great Basin Baby-blue-eyes, Basin Nemophila, Great Basin Nemophila, Short-flowered Nemophila: Nemophila breviflora

Great Basin nemophila as seen blooming along the Round Mountain South Trail #805 near Wildhorse Springs on the south side of Round Mt., Ochoco National Forest.........May 28, 2016.

Paul Slichter