Eriogonum giganteum var. giganteum

Common names: Santa Catalina Island’s St. Catherine’s-lace
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 5. Treatment on page 301. Mentioned on page 296.

Plants (3–)5–35 dm. Aerial flowering stems 1–3 dm, tomentose to glabrate. Leaves: petiole 1–3 cm; blade oblong-ovate to ovate, 3–7(–10) × 2–5 cm. Inflorescences open, 10–50(–80) cm wide. Involucres 3–4 mm. Flowers 2–2.5 mm. Achenes 2–2.5 mm. 2n = 40.


Phenology: Flowering year-round.
Habitat: Rocky cliff faces, slopes, and ridges, coastal scrub communities, oak woodlands
Elevation: 0-500 m

Discussion

Of conservation concern.

Variety giganteum occurs naturally only on Santa Catalina Island, Los Angeles County. Mainland introductions occur from Santa Clara County to Los Angeles County; the variety has also been introduced onto Santa Cruz Island, where it threatens the genetic purity of E. arborescens. Garden hybrids between var. giganteum and E. arborescens have been named E. ×blissianum H. Mason.

Selected References

None.

Lower Taxa

None.

James L. Reveal +
S. Watson +
Undefined subg. Eucycla +
Santa Catalina Island’s St. Catherine’s-lace +
0-500 m +
Rocky cliff faces, slopes, and ridges, coastal scrub communities, oak woodlands +
Flowering year-round. +
Proc. Amer. Acad. Arts +
Eriogonum giganteum var. giganteum +
Eriogonum giganteum +
variety +