Eriogonum hoffmannii var. robustius

These pictures were taken on September 1st, 2014. 36°24’50” N ;  117°10’52” W. Emigrant Canyon Road. 1330 meters of altitude.

Plants herbs, spreading to erect, annual, 4–10 dm tall, glabrous, greenish to grayish; stems with caudex absent, the aerial flowering stems erect, solid, not fistulose, 0.4–4 dm long, glabrous; leaves basal or sometimes sheathing up stems 1–3 (5) cm, the petioles 1–10 cm long, tomentose, the blades suborbiculate to subcordate, 1–5 cm long, 2–8 cm wide, densely white-tomentose abaxially, floccose or glabrous and green adaxially; leaf margins crisped, blade 2–5 cm long, 3–8 cm wide; petioles (3) 5–10 cm long; plants 4–10 dm; inflorescences cymose, open, spreading to rather erect and somewhat strict, 5–70 cm long, 10–60 cm wide, the branches glabrous, the bracts 3, scalelike, 1–1.5 mm long, 0.5–1 mm wide; peduncles absent or erect, straight, stout, 0.01–0.1 cm long, glabrous; involucres turbinate, 1–2 mm long, 1–1.8 mm wide, glabrous, the teeth 5, erect, 0.4–1.2 mm long; flowers 1.5–1.8 mm long, the perianth white with greenish or reddish midribs, becoming reddish, glabrous, the tepals monomorphic, lanceolate to spatulate or ovate, the stamens mostly included, 1–1.5 mm long, the filaments glabrous; achenes brown, trigonous, 2 mm long, glabrous. 2n = 40.


Flowering Aug-Nov. Sandy to gravelly flats, slopes, and washes, saltbush and creosote bush communities; 100–1700 m; Funeral and Black mountains of Inyo County, California.