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Ipomopsis multiflora, Manyflowered Ipomopsis

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Scientific Name: Ipomopsis multiflora
Common Name: Manyflowered Ipomopsis
Also Called: Many-flower Gilia, Manyflowered Gilia
Family: Polemoniaceae, Jacob’s Ladder or Phlox Family
Synonyms: (Gilia multiflora)
Status: Native
Duration: Perennial
Size: Up to 20 inches more or less.
Growth Form: Forb/herb; single or branched at base, stems pubescent
Leaves: Green; variable from entire to pinnatifid glabrous or with short pilose hairs, lower leaves deeply lobed
Flower Color: pale violet to purplish, purple flecks on flowers; corolla lobes and not equal, stamens inserted in floral tube, anthers extend beyond floral tube, fruit a capsule.
Flowering Season: July to October.
Elevation: 2,000 to 8,500 feet.

Habitat Preferences: Common on dry slopes, open sites, desert shrub-lands, woodlands usually among pines.

Recorded Range: Manyflowered Ipomopsis are found in the far southwest in Arizona, Colorado (marginally) and New Mexico. In Arizona they are found throughout most of the state.

North America & US County Distribution Map for Ipomopsis multiflora.

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.

Comments: In Southwest Desert Flora also see Skyrocket, Ipomopsis aggregata, Flaxflowered Ipomopsis, Ipomopsis longiflora and Slendertube Skyrocket, Ipomopsis tenuituba.

Manyflowered Ipomopsis is used as a drug by several North American indigenous peoples; the Navajo used a decoction of plant as a ceremonial medicine, the Zuni made a powder and applied it to the face for headaches, and as a dermatological aid applied to wounds. See ethno-botanical uses at Native American Ethnobotany, University of Michigan, Dearborn.

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 multiflora.
The Plant List (2013). Version 1.1. Published on the Internet; (accessed 05/18/2016 ).
Dieter H. Wilken and J. Mark Porter, 2005, Vascular Plants of Arizona: Polemoniaceae. CANOTIA 1: 1-37.
Native Plant Information Network, NPIN (2013). Published on the Internet [accessed: ]. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas, Austin, TX.
SEINet for synonyms, scientific names, recorded geographic locations and general information