Carnegiea gigantea, Giant Saguaro

Southwest Desert Flora

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Cirsium ochrocentrum, Yellowspine Thistle

Linanthus bigelovii, Bigelow's Linanthus

Linanthus aureus, Golden Desert-trumpets<Linanthus aureus, Golden Desert-trumpets<

Scientific Name: Linanthus bigelovii
Common Name: Bigelow's Linanthus
Also Called: Bigelow Desert Trumpet, Bigelow's Deserttrumpets
Family: Polemoniaceae, Jacob’s Ladder or Phlox Family
Synonyms: (Gilia bigelovii)
Status: Native
Duration: Annual
Size: Up to 8 inches more or less.
Growth Form: Forb/herb; glabrous, stems erect.
Leaves: Green; leaves linear, opposite, simple, glabrous.
Flower Color: Cream, white; corolla nocturnal, with 5 lobes, funnel- or trumpet-shaped, inflorescence a cyme.
Flowering Season: February to May, March to May in California.
Elevation: Up to 4,600 feet.

Habitat Preferences: Common on dry mesas and slopes, sandy soils, washes, bajadas; deserts.

Recorded Range: Bigelow's Linanthus is found in the southwestern part of the United States in AZ, CA, NM, NV, TX, UT. This species is found throughout much of the western half of Arizona and the central east in Graham County.

North America & US County Distribution Map for Linanthus bigelovii.

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: USDA describes 20 Species and 20 accepted taxa overall in western United States and western Canada for Linanthus.

The Plant List includes 45 accepted species the genus Linanthus. Of these 45 are accepted species names.

Comments: Also see in Southwest Desert Flora: Desertsnow, Linanthus demissus.

Date Profile Completed: 05/26/2016, updated format 09/30/2017
U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service on-line database and USGS ITIS search (accessed 05/26/2016 ).
Arizona Flora, Kearney, Thomas H., Peebles, Robert H., 1960, University of California Press, Berkley and Los Angeles, California.
Dieter H. Wilken and J. Mark Porter, 2005, Vascular Plants of Arizona: Polemoniaceae. CANOTIA 1: 1-37.
The Plant List (2013). Version 1.1. Published on the Internet; (accessed 05/20/2016 ).
1993, The Jepson Manual, Citation: (accessed 05/20/2016),5806,5816
SEINet for synonyms, scientific names, recorded geographic locations and general information