Eriogonum arcuatum


Pittonia 4: 319. 1901

Synonyms: Eriogonum jamesii var. arcuatum (Greene) S. Stokes
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 5. Treatment on page 369. Mentioned on page 333, 368, 370.

Herbs, spreading to often compact mats, 0.2–2.5 × 2–10 dm, floccose. Stems: caudex absent or spreading; aerial flowering stems erect or nearly so, slender, solid, not fistulose, usually arising directly from a taproot, 0.2–2 dm, floccose. Leaves basal, typically not in rosettes; petiole 0.5–2 cm, tomentose to floccose; blade oblanceolate or oblong to elliptic, 0.5–3 × 0.5–1.5 cm, densely tomentose abaxially, mostly floccose and grayish or greenish adaxially, margins entire, plane. Inflorescences umbellate or compound-umbellate, occasionally capitate or even reduced to single involucre, 0.3–2 × 0.3–2 dm; branches floccose; bracts 3–8, semileaflike at proximal node, 0.3–2 × 0.2–1 cm, often scalelike distally. Involucres 1 per node, usually campanulate, 3–7 × 3–8 mm, floccose; teeth 5–8, erect, 0.1–0.5 mm. Flowers 4–8 mm, including 0.7–2 mm stipelike base; perianth yellow, densely pubescent abaxially; tepals dimorphic, those of outer whorl lanceolate to elliptic, 1.5–5 × 1–3 mm, those of inner whorl lanceolate to fan-shaped, 1.5–7 × 2–4 mm; stamens exserted, 2–4 mm; filaments pilose proximally. Achenes light brown to brown, 4–5 mm, glabrous except for sparsely pubescent beak.


Varieties 3 (3 in the flora).

Eriogonum arcuatum has long been included under E. jamesii, primarily as the var. flavescens. It has also gone under the name E. bakeri, published by Greene about six weeks after he published E. arcuatum; the Fort Collins, Colorado, entomologist and botanist Charles Fuller Baker collected the types of both.

Selected References



1 Involucres (3-)4-8 mm wide; inflorescences umbellate or compound-umbellate, rarely capitate; flowers (4-)5-8 mm; below 3000 m; n Arizona, c and w Colorado, nw New Mexico, e Utah, se Wyoming Eriogonum arcuatum var. arcuatum
1 Involucres 3-5 mm wide; inflorescences capitate, rarely umbellate or reduced to single involucre; flowers 4-5(-6) mm or 6-7 mm; usually above 3000 m in c Colorado, or 1600-1900 m in sw Utah > 2
2 Flowers 4-5(-6) mm; Zion National Park, Utah Eriogonum arcuatum var. rupicola
2 Flowers 6-7 mm; Rocky Mountains, Colorado Eriogonum arcuatum var. xanthum