ssp. leptantha. Five unequal stamens with exserted blue anthers, 3 stigmas. San Juan Loop Trail, Cleveland National Forest, Riverside Co., CA. 7-11-10. © Joan Avise.

Hooked Navarretia
(Prickly Skunkweed)

Navarretia hamata

Uncommon in sandy soils of coastal sage scrub, and known only from the West Coyote Hills near Fullerton and San Juan Canyon, Santa Ana Mtns. It is a small spreading annual, generally 2-6 in. tall with a skunky odor (Roberts)

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ssp. leptantha. Petal lobes are 2-3 mm.  Corolla pink or purple. San Juan Loop Trail, Cleveland National Forest, Riverside Co., CA. 7-11-10. © Joan Avise.

ssp. leptantha. Flowers are in small heads, and may be pink, sometimes with purple veins and yellowish throat, or dark purple with dark purple throat.  San Juan Loop Trail, Cleveland National Forest, Riverside Co., CA. 7-11-10. © Joan Avise.

ssp. leptantha. Flowers subtended by broad pinnate bracts hooked at the tip; The bracts have sharp bent tips similar to a fishhook, and the lobes of the bract hook are generally unequal. Leaf lobes are linear.  San Juan Loop Trail, Cleveland National Forest, Riverside Co., CA. 7-11-10. © Joan Avise.

ssp. leptantha. 2-6 in. high; leaves clasping at the base, pinnate with 2-3 linear lobes per side and 3-lobed tip. Calyx lobes are generally entire. San Juan Loop Trail, Cleveland National Forest, Riverside Co., CA. 7-11-10. © Joan Avise.

Hwy. 74, 1.0 rd. mi. N Candy Store, 6-21-15. © Ron Vanderhoff

ssp. hamata. Indian Potrero Trail, SMCW, 5-8-14. © Ron Vanderhoff

ssp. hamata. Indian Potrero Trail, SMCW, 5-8-14. © Ron Vanderhoff