[The Genus Plectritis in the
Columbia River Gorge of Oregon and Washington]
Long-spurred Plectritis, Longspur Seablush
Synonyms: Plectritis californica, Plectritis ciliosa ssp. ciliosa, Plectritis ciliosa ssp. insignis
Additional close-up images of the inflorescence of long-spurred plectritis as seen at the Four Sisters northwest of The Dalles, Oregon...........April 21, 2013.
photo at right depicts long-spurred plectritis from the 3 Bench Loop Trail,
east of Lyle, WA.....late March, 2001.
Long-spurred Plectritis is a small, slender annual
with erect stems from 10-60 cm high. The herbage is usually glabrous or lacking
hairs. The leaves are opposite with the lower leaves spatulate or obovate in
shape with short petioles while the upper leaves are oblong to elliptic in shape
and lacking petioles. The leaves range from 1-6 cm long and 3-22 mm wide.
The flowers are two-lipped and deep pink in color
wtih two red dots at the base of the middle lobe of the lower lip. The spur
is long and slender, and is much longer than that found in Plectritis
congesta or Plectritis macrocera. The
corolla ranges from 2-8 mm long.
Long-spurred Plectritis may be found on seasonally
moist slopes and meadows.
Long-spurred Plectritis may be found from Klickitat
County, WA south through western Oregon to California.
In the Columbia River Gorge, it may be found between
the elevations of 100'-1200' between the White Salmon River and Dallesport,
Additional close-up images of long-spurred plectritis as seen on the southeastern slopes of Sevenmile Hill several miles northwest of The Dalles, Oregon...........April 12, 2015.
Long-spurred plectritis as observed in vernally moist swales at Columbia Hills Historical State Park between the Crawford Oaks and Dalles Mt. Ranch trailheads......April 9, 2018.
Long-spurred plectritis from the 3 Bench Loop Trail, east of
Lyle, WA.......late March, 2001.