Leptosiphon montanus

Leptosiphon montanus (syn. Linanthus montanus) is a species of flowering plant in the phlox family known by the common name mustang clover.[1][2]

Leptosiphon montanus
Linanthus montanus (Mustang Clover).JPG
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Ericales
Family: Polemoniaceae
Genus: Leptosiphon
L. montanus
Binomial name
Leptosiphon montanus
(Greene) J.M.Porter & L.A.Johnson

Linanthus montanus


It is endemic to California. It grows in dry openings of oak woodland habitats in the western Sierra Nevada foothills, from 300–1,700 metres (980–5,580 ft) in elevation.[1]


Leptosiphon montanus is an annual herb producing a thin, hairy stem up to 60 centimeters tall. The leaves are divided into needle-like linear lobes each 2 or 3 centimeters in length.[1]

The inflorescence is a head of small but showy flowers. Each flower has a long, hairy, dark red tube up to 3 centimeters long spreading into a flat corolla. The corolla lobes are white or light to deep pink marked with reddish spots at the yellow and white throat. Its bloom period is from April to July.[1]

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