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Salvia columbariae

Salvia columbariae Benth.

 

Chia

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
FamilyLamiaceaeMint family
GenusSalviaFrom the Latin salveo, “I am well,” referring to the medicinal properties of some members of this genus
SpeciescolumbariaeOne reference states that this plant reminded its namer, George Bentham, of Scabiosa columbaria, and possibly derives from Latin columbarius meaning “of or pertaining to doves or appearing dove-like.” It’s interesting that despite the fact that there are at least eight past or present taxa which use ‘columbaria’ as a species name, there is so little information about what it means

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Salvia columbariae (Chia)

4/30/2018 · Black Canyon Road, Mojave National Preserve, CA
≈ 6 × 8" (14 × 20 cm)

Salvia columbariae (Chia)

4/30/2018 · Black Canyon Road, Mojave National Preserve, CA
≈ 7 × 6" (17 × 16 cm)

Salvia columbariae (Chia)

4/30/2018 · Black Canyon Road, Mojave National Preserve, CA
≈ 5 × 8" (13 × 20 cm)

Salvia columbariae description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 12 Oct 2018.

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Salvia columbariae (Chia)

5/2/2018 · Joshua Tree National Park, CA
≈ 5 × 8" (13 × 20 cm)

Salvia columbariae (Chia)

5/2/2018 · Joshua Tree National Park, CA
≈ 5 × 8" (13 × 20 cm)

Salvia columbariae (Chia)

4/30/2018 · Black Canyon Road, Mojave National Preserve, CA
≈ 5 × 6" (13 × 15 cm)

Salvia columbariae (Chia)

4/30/2018 · Black Canyon Road, Mojave National Preserve, CA
≈ 8 × 6" (19 × 16 cm)

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