Saturday, May 5, 2012
Veatch's stickleaf (Mentzelia veatchiana) is a flowering plant native to California (including Baja California), Arizona, Nevada and Oregon. The displayed plant was seen on a southeast-facing slope of Mt. Peavine near Reno.
Typical plants show an erect growth. Flowers have satiny yellow petals that are deep orange at the base: orange “eye” on corolla . The picture below shows a stickleaf's leaf, which is deeply cleft into narrow lobes containing white hairs.
Veatch's stickleaf belongs to the Loasa family (Loasaceae). This species is also known by the common name Veatch's blazingstar . Less common are names such as whitestem stickleaf or whitestem blazingstar .
Variant terminology: Veatch's stick-leaf, Veatch's stick leaf, Veatch's blazing star
Keywords: botany, wildflower, Reno/Tahoe, Great Basin, southwestern United States.
References and more to explore
 Laird R. Blackwell: Tahoe Wildflowers • A Month-by-Month Guide to Wildflowers in the Tahoe Basin and Surrounding Areas. A Falcon Guide, Morris Book Publishing, LLC, 2007; page 27.
 Calflora Taxon Report 5447: Mentzelia veatchiana Kellogg: www.calflora.org/cgi-bin/species_query.cgi?where-taxon=Mentzelia+veatchiana.
 Global Species: Mentzelia veatchiana (Veatch's blazingstar; whitestem blazingstar; whitestem stickleaf) [http://www.globalspecies.org/ntaxa/867892].
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