[Corn-salads and Plectritis: The Genus Plectritis West of the Cascade Mountains of Oregon and Washington]

Rosy Plectritis, Sea Blush, Shortspur Seablush

Plectritis congesta

Synonyms: Plectritis congesta ssp. congesta, Plectritis congesta ssp. nitida, Plectritis congesta var. major, Plectritis samolifolia, Valerianella congesta

Rosy Plectritis, Sea Blush, Shortspur Seablush: Plectritis congesta

Rosy plectritis as seen atop Saddle Mountain in the Coast Range of northwestern Oregon...............June 14, 2009.

Characteristics:

Rosy plectritis is a slender, single-stemmed annual from 10-60 cm tall. The herbage is mostly smooth. The leaves are opposite on the stem, with the lowest oblong with petioles, the upper elliptic in shape and sessile. The leaves range from 1-6 cm long and 3-22 mm wide. The species name refers to the inflorescence of congested flowers, which form a tightly packed globe of flowers at the apex of the stem. The corolla of the flowers are pink or white, nearly campanulate, 4.5-9.5 mm long, and strongly two-lipped. The upper pair of petals are strongly fused while the lower trio are distinctly separate. A thick spur is also evident.


Habitat:

Rosy plectritis may be found on open, seasonally moist slopes and meadows.


Range:

Rosy plectritis may be found from southern Vancouver Island south to southern California from the coast to the Cascade crest.


Rosy Plectritis, Sea Blush, Shortspur Seablush: Plectritis congesta (Synonyms: Plectritis congesta ssp. congesta, Plectritis congesta ssp. nitida, Plectritis congesta var. major, Plectritis samolifolia, Valerianella congesta) - Rosy Plectritis, Sea Blush, Shortspur Seablush: Plectritis congesta (Synonyms: Plectritis congesta ssp. congesta, Plectritis congesta ssp. nitida, Plectritis congesta var. major, Plectritis samolifolia, Valerianella congesta) - Rosy Plectritis, Sea Blush, Shortspur Seablush: Plectritis congesta (Synonyms: Plectritis congesta ssp. congesta, Plectritis congesta ssp. nitida, Plectritis congesta var. major, Plectritis samolifolia, Valerianella congesta)

Close-up views of rosy plectritis as seen on thicker soils amongst numerous vernally moist swales at Agate Desert Preserve northwest of Medford, Oregon..........April 28, 2012.

Paul Slichter