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Ipomopsis longiflora, Flaxflowered Ipomopsis

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Scientific Name: Ipomopsis longiflora
Common Name: Flaxflowered Ipomopsis
Also Called: Flaxflowered Gilia, Long-flowered Gilia, Long-flowered Skyrocket, White Flowered Gilia, White-flower Skyrocket, Whiteflowered Gilia
Family: Polemoniaceae, Jacob’s Ladder or Phlox Family
Synonyms: (Gilia longiflora)
Status: Native
Duration: Annual, biennial;
Size: Up to 24 inches more or less.
Growth Form: Forb/herb; mostly a slender, delicate erect species, inconspicuous when not in bloom.
Leaves: Green; also slender narrowly linear curved downward.
Flower Color: Pale blue, blue-violet to white; showy tubular flowers, flowers single or in pairs on terminal stems.
Flowering Season: March to October.
Elevation: 1,000 to 8,000 feet.

Habitat Preferences: Common on dry plains and mesas, often in limestone soil.

Recorded Range: Flaxflowered Ipomopsis is found in western United States in: AZ, CO, KS, NE, NM, OK, SD, TX, UT, WY. In Arizona it is found almost throughout the state with few or no records in Yuma County.

North America & US County Distribution Map for Ipomopsis longiflora.

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: The USDA lists 26 Species and 53 accepted taxa overall for the genus Ipomopsis in North America: 14 species in Arizona and New Mexico; 7 species in California and 9 species in Texas (subject to revision).

The Plant List includes 29 accepted species names world-wide for Ipomopsis.

There are 3 sub-species in Ipomopsis longiflora as follows:
Ipomopsis longiflora subsp. australis, Whiteflower Ipomopsis (AZ, NM);
Ipomopsis longiflora subsp. longiflora, Flaxflowered Ipomopsis (AZ, CO, KS, NE, NM, OK, SD, TX, UT, WY);
Ipomopsis longiflora subsp. neomexicana, Flaxflowered Ipomopsis (AZ ONLY).

Comments: Flaxflowered Ipomopsis can be found almost throughout the state. Flaxflowered Ipomopsis provides nectar for night feeding moths.

In Southwest Desert Flora also see Skyrocket, Ipomopsis aggregata, Manyflowered Ipomopsis, Ipomopsis multiflora and Slendertube Skyrocket, Ipomopsis tenuituba.

Date Profile Completed: 05/19/2016, updated format 09/30/2017
U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service on-line database and USGS ITIS search (accessed 05/18/2016)
Arizona Flora, Kearney, Thomas H., Peebles, Robert H., 1960, University of California Press, Berkley and Los Angeles, California, as Gilia longiflora.
The Plant List (2013). Version 1.1. Published on the Internet; (accessed 05/18/2016 ).
Native Plant Information Network, NPIN (2013). Published on the Internet [accessed: 05/19/2016]. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas, Austin, TX.
SEINet for synonyms, scientific names, recorded geographic locations and general information