Eremocarya lepida

Eremocarya lepida (A. Gray) Greene

Pittonia 1: 59 (1887)

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E-re-mo-cár-ya lé-pi-da
"elegant, graceful"

Eritrichium micranthum Torrey var. lepidum A. Gray, Syn. Fl. N. Amer. 2(1): 193. 1878
Homotypic synonyms:
Krynitzkia micrantha (Torrey) A. Gray var. lepida A. Gray, Proc. Amer. Acad. Arts 20: 275. 1885
    Eremocarya micrantha (Torrey) Greene var. lepida (A. Gray) J. F. Macbride, Proc. Amer. Acad. Arts 51: 545. 1916
    Cryptantha micrantha (Torrey) I. M. Johnst. var. lepida (A. Gray) I. M. Johnston, Contr. Gray Herb. 68: 57. 1923
    Cryptantha micrantha (Torrey) I. M. Johnst. subsp. lepida (A. Gray) K. Matthew & P. H. Raven, Madroño 16: 170. 1962
Heterotypic synonym:
    Eremocarya abramsiana Brand, Pflanzenr. (Engler) [Heft 97] 4, Fam. 252: 77. 1931

D. Cleveland s.n., USA: California, San Diego Co., San Diego
Holotype: GH00097023

See: Simpson, M. G., R. Dowdy, J. P. Rebman, R. B. Kelley, and L. M. Simpson. 2014. Recognition of two species in Eremocarya (Boraginaceae):
Evidence from fornix bodies, nutlets, corolla size, and biogeography. Madroño 61: 259–275.

Diagnostic Features:
Plant an annual, about as broad as tall; roots reddish; flowers bracteate; calyx aposepalous; corolla relatively broad, limb 1.5-4 mm wide, appendages conspicuous, yellow,
each with basal cluster of pendant, ellipsoid bodies; fornicular bodies present; nutlets lance-ovate, acuminate, 1.3-1.4 mm tall.

D. Cleveland s.n., USA: California, San Diego Co., San Diego
Holotype: GH00097023

Kartesz, J.T., The Biota of North America Program (BONAP). 2012. North American Plant Atlas (
Chapel Hill, N.C. [maps generated from Kartesz, J.T. 2010. Floristic Synthesis of North America, Version 1.0. Biota of North America Program (BONAP). (in press)].
COLOR KEY: Dark green=present in state; Light green=present in county, not rare; Yellow=present in county and rare; Orange=extirpated (historic).
Accessed 7 Dec 2012

Insect Visitation:
Eremocarya lepida
Observed on 14 April 2019, Culp Valley, Anza Borrego Desert State Park, ca. 33.224705, -116.452718
Insect identified by Emile Fiesler as the bee-fly Conophorus fenestratus, Bombyliidae; it visited many flowers and is a likely pollinator.
Photographs by Chris McCarron

Eremocarya lepida
M.G. Simpson 3724, 24 April 2013 (SDSU20490)
United States, California, San Diego, McCain Valley, ca. 500 feet east of McCain Valley Road at ca. 1.5 miles north of I-8.
32.68801 -116.25845, 1074 meters elevation.
Note: clusters of stalked fornix bodies, even present as flower ages (lower right).

Eremocarya lepida
M.G. Simpson 2816
, 11 May 2007, SDSU17572
USA, California, San Diego County, Along Pacific Coast Trail. 2.0 miles south-southeast of Garnet Peak, Laguna Mountain range. 32.89833 -116.45
2, 1654 meters elevation.

Eremocarya lepida

Eremocarya lepida
F.F. Gander 5123
, 15 Apr 1938, SDSU05412

Eremocarya lepida
M.G. Simpson 2369
, 27 Apr 2003, SDSU17281

Eremocarya lepida
M.G. Simpson 8VI94J
, 8 Jun 1994, SDSU05431

Field Images:
Eremocarya lepida

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