Phlox austromontana Coville
Family: Polemoniaceae
mountain phlox,  more...
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PLANT: Compact, matted, taprooted perennial, with 8-many decumbent to ascending stems; stems 6-10(15) cm long, the lower internodes obscured by the leaves. LEAVES: linear, firm, thick, grayish green, mucronate, glabrous to sparsely pubescent proximally, 8-15(-18) mm long, 1-2 mm wide. INFLORESCENCE: flowers solitary, subsessile. FLOWERS: calyx 6-10(-12) mm long, the membranes weakly ridged to distended; corolla white to light lavender, the tube 8-18 mm long, the lobes 5-8 mm long, obovate, obtuse; stamens inserted on the upper tube; stigmas located below most of the stamens. NOTES: Rocky soils, slopes, coniferous forest and woodland: Apache, Cochise, Coconino, Graham, Maricopa, Mohave, Navajo, Pima, Yavapai cos.; 800-2800 m (2500-9000 ft); Apr-Jul; NV & ID s to Baja C. The name P. diffusa subsp. subcarinata Wherry, which occurs in CA, has been misapplied to collections of P. austromontana in AZ. REFERENCES: Dieter H. Wilken and J. Mark Porter, 2005, Vascular Plants of Arizona: Polemoniaceae. CANOTIA 1: 1-37.
Wilken and Porter 2005, Wiggins 1964
Duration: Perennial Nativity: Native Lifeform: Subshrub General: Compact, matted, taprooted perennial, with 8-many decumbent to ascending stems; stems 6-10 cm long, the lower internodes obscured by leaves. Leaves: Linear, firm, thick, grayish green, mucronate, glabrous to sparsely pubescent proximally, 8-15 mm long, 1-2 mm wide. Flowers: Flowers solitary, subsessile; calyx 6-10 mm long, membranes weakly ridged to distended; corolla white to light lavender, the tube 8-18 mm long, the lobes 5-8 mm long, obovate, obtuse, stamens inserted on upper tube, stigmas located below most of the stamens. Fruits: Capsule with 3 valves separating from a single column. Ecology: Found on rocky slopes and soils from 2,500-9,000 ft (762-2743 m); flowers April-July. Notes: One of the only truly low mat forming phloxes in the region; its lower habit and compact gray-green appearance with the occasional tinge of rose or pink flowers helps to identify this species. Ethnobotany: Used for general body aches, as a cold remedy, given to babies with stomachaches, and for toothaches. Etymology: Phlox is from the Greek phlox, or flame, while austromontana means of the southern mountains. Synonyms: None Editor: SBuckley, 2010
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