Feb. 26, 2020

tiny trumpet, Collomia linearis

Tiny trumpet certainly doesn't have the stature of its phlox cousins. The horns are hardly a quarter inch across. You have to get right down there hear this trumpet. I guess I've yet to get that close! I always thought it was called slender gilia. In the west it is comfortable in their thin rocky soil. In the east it grows in thin soil too, giving it the appearance of a weed. There seems to be little agreement about it's eastern status. I lean towards its being introduced here. It wasn't collected in Michigan until 1933. It grows in AK, AZ, CA, CO, CT, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, MA, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, SD, UT, VT, WA, WI, WY, AB, BC, MB, NB, NS, NT, ON, PE, QC, SK, and YT. Summit CO CO, 6/17/13. Jacob's-ladder family, Polemoniaceae.