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Amsinckia menziesii var. intermedia

Amsinckia menziesii (Lehm.) A. Nelson & J.F. Macbr. var. intermedia (Fisch. & C.A. Mey.) Ganders

Amsinckia arizonica Suksd.

Amsinckia demissa Suksd.

Amsinckia echinata A. Gray

Amsinckia intactilis J.F. Macbr.

Amsinckia intermedia Fisch. & C.A. Mey.

Amsinckia intermedia Fisch. & C.A. Mey. var. echinata (A. Gray) Wiggins

Amsinckia microphylla Suksd.

Amsinckia nana Suksd.

Amsinckia rigida Suksd.

Orange Fiddleneck, Small-flowered Fiddleneck, Rancher’s Fiddleneck, Common Fiddleneck

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassAsteridaeA large class that encompasses asters
OrderLamialesAromatic herbs and shrubs, including lavender, lilac, olive, jasmine, ash, teak, snapdragon, sesame, psyllium, garden sage, mint, basil, and rosemary
FamilyBoraginaceaeBorages or forget-me-nots
GenusAmsinckiaFiddlenecks, named for German botanist Wilhelm Amsinck
SpeciesmenziesiiNamed for surgeon and naturalist Archibald Menzies
var.intermediaMeans “intermediate”

About plant names...

Common fiddleneck is so named because the flowerheads look a bit like the top of a fiddle when viewed in profile. They are natives of North America.

Identification: Plants are less than 5' (1.5 m) high. The leaves are bristly, and sharp enough to irritate the skin. The yellow flowers are about ¼" (6.3 mm) in size. There are several difficult-to-distinguish species.

Amsinckia menziesii (Orange Fiddleneck, Small-flowered Fiddleneck, Rancher’s Fiddleneck, Common Fiddleneck)

The fiddlehead shape.

Online References:

Amsinckia menziesii var. intermedia on Wikipedia

Amsinckia menziesii var. intermedia on CalPhotos

Amsinckia menziesii var. intermedia at Southeastern Arizona Wildflowers and the Plants of the Sonoran Desert

Amsinckia menziesii var. intermedia at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service (PDF)

Amsinckia menziesii var. intermedia at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Amsinckia menziesii var. intermedia on Keir Morse's site, Keirosity.com

Amsinckia menziesii var. intermedia on SEINet—the Southwest Environmental Information Network

Amsinckia menziesii var. intermedia from the Jepson Manual

Amsinckia menziesii (Orange Fiddleneck, Small-flowered Fiddleneck, Rancher’s Fiddleneck, Common Fiddleneck)

2/28/2010 · Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, CA
≈ 3½ × 3" (9.2 × 8.3 cm) ID is uncertain

Amsinckia menziesii var. intermedia description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 16 Aug 2013.

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Amsinckia menziesii (Orange Fiddleneck, Small-flowered Fiddleneck, Rancher’s Fiddleneck, Common Fiddleneck)

2/28/2010 · Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, CA
≈ 7 × 7" (18 × 18 cm)

Amsinckia menziesii (Orange Fiddleneck, Small-flowered Fiddleneck, Rancher’s Fiddleneck, Common Fiddleneck)

2/28/2010 · Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, CA
≈ 3 × 3" (7.9 × 7.7 cm) ID is uncertain

Amsinckia menziesii (Orange Fiddleneck, Small-flowered Fiddleneck, Rancher’s Fiddleneck, Common Fiddleneck)

2/28/2010 · Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, CA
≈ 7 × 7" (17 × 18 cm)

Amsinckia menziesii (Orange Fiddleneck, Small-flowered Fiddleneck, Rancher’s Fiddleneck, Common Fiddleneck)

2/28/2010 · Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, CA
≈ 3 × 3" (7.9 × 7.8 cm) ID is uncertain

Range: Zones 4-8:

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