Scientific Name 

Collinsia heterphylla Buist ex Grah.                

Family 

Plantaginaceae 

General

              

CI

     This delicate little annual is one of the treasures of the CI wild habitats.  It makes a rather brief appearance, usually in February and March, and may only be flowering for a few weeks out of the year.  Patches can be quite large, but around campus are generally not visible from maintained pathways.  One predictable site for viewing is the slope opposite (to the south) of the tot-lot of University Glen (along Channel Islands Drive).  This is also the best site for viewing Dodecatheon clevelandii (best seen in January - March). 

References

More on this species at Calflora

The Jepson Manual (2012:  1007, Collinsia by Michael S. Park and Elizabeth Chase Neese)

Dale (2000:  181).

McAuley (1996:  513).

 

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Collinsia heterophylla on slope to south of University Glen, CI (opposite the tot-lot) (28 March 2008).

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Collinsia heterophyla young plants on the slope to the south of University Glen, CI (15 February 2004).

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Collinsia heterophylla on the slope to the south of University Glen, CI (23 February 2003).

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Collinsia heterophylla on the slope to the south of University Glen, CI (23 February 2003).

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Collinsia heterophylla on the slope to the south of University Glen, CI (28 February 2013).

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 Collinsia heterophylla on the slope to the south of University Glen, CI (28 March 2008).

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 Collinsia heterophylla on slope to south of University Glen, CI (opposite the tot-lot) (28 March 2008).

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Collinsia heterophylla on the slope to the south of University Glen, CI.  Even a large patch is not highly visible at any distance.  Note the white Calochortus catalinae in the foreground and elsewhere; 2008 was a good year for this species (28 March 2008).

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Young Collinsia heterophylla making their appearance with the onset of winter rains, on the slope to the south of University Glen, CI  (2 January 2005).

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 Young Collinsia heterophylla on slope to south of University Glen, CI (opposite the tot-lot).  The leaves of young plants are distinctly spotted (9 January 2004).