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Emmenanthe penduliflora, Whisperingbells

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Scientific Name: Emmenanthe penduliflora
Common Name: Whisperingbells
Also Called: Whispering Bells, Yellow Whispering Bells (Spanish: Campanita de Suspiro)
Family: Hydrophyllaceae (Boraginaceae, Hydrophylloideae), the Waterleaf Family
Synonyms: ()
Status: Native.
Duration: Annual
Size: Up to 30 inches or more.
Growth Form: Forb/herb; stems fleshy, erect, multiple branches, glandular, sticky hairs, plants with a medicinal odor.
Leaves: Green; alternate, new growth basal, cauline leaves with short petioles or sessile, slightly clasping, sharply dentate or pinnate.
Flower Color: Yellow; flowers bell-shaped, hanging or pendulous on terminal inflorescence, corolla persisting around fruit which is also glandular.
Flowering Season: March to May.
Elevation: 4,000 or lower.

Habitat Preferences: Along streams and dry washes, slopes, disturbed natural areas and often under protective bushes.

Recorded Range: Whisperingbells are found in the United States in; AZ, CA, NV and UT and in Baja California, Mexico. Populations are most abundant in much of California, central and southeast Nevada, extreme southwest Utah and central, southern and northwestern Arizona.

North America & US County Distribution Map for Emmenanthe penduliflora.

U.S. Weed Information: No information available.
Invasive/Noxious Weed Information: No information available.
Wetland Indicator: No information available.
Threatened/Endangered Information: No information available.

Genus Information: 1 species in Emmenanthe (monotypic genus).

2 varieties in Emmenanthe penduliflora;
Emmenanthe penduliflora var. penduliflora
, Whisperingbells (see range above),
Emmenanthe penduliflora var. rosea, Whisperingbells (found in California only).

Comments: Whisperingbells is a popular and semi-common spring and early summer wildflower.

Date Profile Completed: 09/28/2015, updated format 10/12/2017
U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service on-line database and USGS ITIS search
Arizona Flora, Kearney, Thomas H., Peebles, Robert H., 1960, University of California Press, Berkley and Los Angeles, California.
The Plant List (2013). Version 1.1. Published on the Internet; (accessed DATE).
Native Plant Information Network, NPIN (2013). Published on the Internet [accessed: 09/28/2015]. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas, Austin, TX.
1993, The Jepson Manual, Citation: (accessed 09/28/2015),4521,4522
SEINet for synonyms, scientific names, recorded geographic locations and general information