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Keckiella breviflora is a branching, bushy shrub with many thin stems, approaching a maximum height near two meters.
Its shiny green leaves are arranged oppositely on the branches, and each is one to four centimeters long, generally lance-shaped and finely serrated or smooth along the edges.
The shrub produces tall inflorescences which are loose, glandular spikes of flowers. Each flower is one to two centimeters wide with five pale pink or pinkish-streaked white lobes whose external surfaces have long, shiny hairs. The three lower lobes curl outward from the mouth and under, and the two upper lobes are joined into a lip that curves forward over the mouth. Within the mouth are long stamen filaments bearing anthers, and a flat, hairless, sterile stamen called a staminode. — Wikipedia
More information on Bush beardtongue (Keckiella breviflora) :
- Bush beardtongue (Keckiella breviflora) on Wikipedia
- Bush beardtongue (Keckiella breviflora) at La Pilitias Nursery
- Bush beardtongue (Keckiella breviflora) California Native Plant Society
Interesting Plant is a series from A Gardener’s Notebook blog and podcast that highlights the most interesting plants I find in my Internet and real-world travels — Douglas