Jepsonia parryi

(Torrey) Small

Bull. Torrey Bot. Club 23: 18. 1896 ,

Common names: Coast jepsonia
Basionyms: Saxifraga parryi Torrey in W. H. Emory, Rep. U.S. Mex. Bound. 2(1): 69, plate 25. 1859
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 8. Treatment on page 120. Mentioned on page 119.

Caudices unbranched, usually ovoid, rarely spheric. Leaves 1(–3). Inflorescences diffuse, 1–5(–10)-flowered; bracts scalelike; peduncle brown, drying light brown or gray, branched near middle, 3–28 cm. Flowers: hypanthium campanulate, 2.5–4 mm, length 2+ times sepals; sepals greenish, 0.8–2 mm, base flattened, glandular-viscid; petals withering, alternate with sepals, distinct, white with tan, maroon, or purplish veins, 3.5–6 mm. Pollen yellowish. Capsules green or tan with brown striations, beaks divergent. Seeds dark brown. 2n = 14.

Phenology: Flowering Oct–Feb.
Habitat: Shrubby, north-facing rocky slopes
Elevation: 0-1100 m


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Calif., Mexico (Baja California).


Jepsonia parryi has the shortest flowering period and produces the fewest flowers in the genus. It also produces the fewest leaves, and in very dry years may produce no leaves.

Lower Taxa