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.
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Illustrator: Bee F. Gunn
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


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 </i>var.<i> giganteum and E. arborescens have been named E. ×blissianum H. Mason.



Lower Taxa

No lower taxa listed.

AuthorJames L. Reveal +
Authorityunknown +
BasionymsUndefined subg. Eucycla +
Common nameSanta Catalina Island’s St. Catherine’s-lace +
DistributionCalif. +
Elevation0-500 m +
HabitatRocky cliff faces, slopes, and ridges, coastal scrub communities, oak woodlands +
IllustratorBee F. Gunn +
PhenologyFlowering year-round. +
Publication titleProc. Amer. Acad. Arts +
Publication year1885 +
ReferenceNone +
Source xml grained fna xml/V5/V5 595.xml +
Taxon familyPolygonaceae +
Taxon nameEriogonum giganteum var. giganteum +
Taxon parentEriogonum giganteum +
Taxon rankvariety +
VolumeVolume 5 +