Sclerolinon digynum

(A. Gray) C. M. Rogers

Madroño 18: 182. 1966.

Basionym: Linum digynum A. Gray Proc. Amer. Acad. Arts 7: 334. 1868
Synonyms: Cathartolinum digynum (A. Gray) Small
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 12. Treatment on page 403.

Herbs, 6–20(–42) cm. Leaves erect or ascending; blade 5–17(–21) mm, base flat, nearly clasping, margins sessile-glandular, sometimes densely so. Inflorescences: bracts usually leaflike, margins glandular-serrate. Pedicels 1–2 mm, ascending. Flowers: sepals erect, (1.7–)2.3–2.9(–4.5) mm, inner shorter, lance-ovate, apex obtuse to acuminate, outer larger, triangular-ovate, apex obtuse; petals erect, obovate or obcordate, 3–4 mm, apex erose to apiculate, spreading; stamens 1–2 mm, included; anthers yellow, 0.1–0.3 mm; styles yellow, 0.3–0.7 mm, included. Capsules pyriform, broadly 4-angled, 1.6–2 × 1.4–1.9 mm, apex truncate, mucronate. Seeds dark brown to black, triangular in cross section. 2n = 8, 12.

Phenology: Flowering Jun–Aug.
Habitat: Vernally moist meadows.
Elevation: 300–1900 m.


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Calif., Idaho, Oreg., Wash.


Sclerolinon digynum occurs along the Washington and Idaho border, the Cascade and Klamath ranges in Oregon and California, and the northern Sierra Nevada; it is disjunct in the Yosemite Valley region of the Sierra Nevada of California. The species has not been collected in Idaho for nearly 100 years; it may be extirpated from that part of its historic range. In his original description of Sclerolinon, Rogers considered S. digynum to be the most highly specialized species of Linaceae in North America. Chromosome numbers reported for S. digynum are 2n = 8 (P. H. Raven 1959, as Cathartolinum digynum) and 2n = 12 (C. M. Rogers et al. 1972); either would be the lowest count in the family (Rogers et al.).

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Lower Taxa