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Scarlet Pimpernel

Anagallis arvensis arvensis


Small but vivid orange flowers with pink at the base of each petal. The leaves had black spots on the undersides. I saw many of these during my trip especially along trails, but I mostly saw orange to reddish ones like this. I may have seen some Anagallis arvensis carnea, but I'm not positive since I did not get any photos of those.


Alongside the walking path at Helen Putnam Regional Park in chaparral habitat


This species has a few color morphs or varieties: arvensis are bright red to orange; carnea is deep peach, lilacina is lilac; pallida is white; and azurea is blue.

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AshleyT 7 months ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

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California, USA

Lat: 38.22, Long: -122.66

Spotted on Nov 1, 2018
Submitted on Dec 24, 2018

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