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California Fuchsia (Epilobium canum) flower in Wawona area of Yosemite Park

California Fuchsia (Epilobium canum)

Aliases:  Hummingbird Trumpet

Family:  Evening Primrose (Onagraceae)

Formerly Known As:  Zauschneria canum

Where to find it:  Generally in dry areas at Yosemite's lower elevations. I've seen it along the trails heading beyond the Wawona Swinging Bridge on the north side of the river, both upstream and down, as early as August and as late as October.

Blooms:  August - October

Lifespan:  Perennial

Origins:  Native to California (see distribution maps for California and U.S./Canada)

Epilobium canum etymology:  Epilobium is a Greek construction meaning "upon the lobe", referring to the inferior ovaries of the genus. (An inferior ovary is one that lies below where the other flower parts are attached. Assuming the flower points straight up, at any rate.) Canum is a Latin term meaning, gray, ash-colored, or old, presumably a reference to the leaf color, though the leaves are still more green than gray. [1] [2] [3] [4]

This Photo:  Near the Wawona Swinging Bridge, early August

Other Resources:   CalFlora  ·  CalPhotos  ·  USDA  ·  Jepson eFlora

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