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Clarkia lingulata
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Merced Clarkia
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Clarkia lingulata

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About Merced Clarkia (Clarkia lingulata) Clarkia lingulata is a rare species of wildflower known by the common name Merced clarkia. This plant is endemic to Mariposa County, California, where it is known from only two sites near the Merced River. It is thought to have evolved very rapidly, outside the usual model of allopatric speciation, from its parental species Clarkia biloba. Clarkia lingulata erects a spindly stem rarely exceeding 0. 5 metres (1. 6 ft) in height and bearing sparse narrow leaves. The saucer-shaped flowers have four bright pink spoon-shaped petals 1 to 2 centimeters long and sometimes flecked with red. There are eight stamens with lavender anthers.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Annual herb

Max. Height
1.6 ft (0.49 m)

Flower Color
Pink, Lavender, Red

Native Status
Natural Setting
Elevation ?
1517' - 1889'

Annual Precip. ?
29.7" - 34.5"

Summer Precip. ?
0.51" - 0.58"

Coldest Month ?
45.7° F - 47.4° F

Hottest Month ?
71.2° F - 72.2° F

Humidity ?
2.87 vpd - 21.13 vpd

Landscaping Information
Common uses
Butterfly Gardens, Bee Gardens

Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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