Phacelia congesta

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phacelia.congesta.infl.jpg (60659 bytes)

phacelia.congesta.infl.2.jpg (96362 bytes)
young inflorescences with a few brand new flowers--do you see how the inflorescences have the shape of a scorpion's tail?  This type of inflorescence is called a scorpioid cyme (pronounced "sime"). flowers showing exserted stamens (meaning the stamens stick out past the edge of the corolla tube)
Phacelia congesta leaf.jpg (59693 bytes) Phacelia congesta habit.jpg (108508 bytes)
leaf habit (sorry for the high contrast!)