88b. Eriogonum heermannii Durand & Hilgard var. subspinosum Reveal, Phytologia. 86: 134. 2004.
Tabeau Peak wild buckwheat
Shrubs, rounded, usually sparsely branched, 1-3 × 1.5-5 (-8) dm. Leaf blades lanceolate to narrowly elliptic or spatulate, 0.5-1.5 × 0.2-0.8 cm, thinly tomentose to floccose abaxially. Inflorescences 3-7(-10) × 3-10(-12) cm; branches usually diffuse, with dichotomously arranged invo-lucres, stoutish, round, faintly grooved, glabrous, spinose. Involucres campanulate, 2-3 × 3-4 mm. Flowers 2.5-4 mm; perianth yellowish white.
Flowering Mar-May. Limestone flats, washes, and slopes, saltbush and blackbrush communities; 1000-2500 m; Ariz., Utah.
Variety subspinosum is known only from the southern end of the Beaver Dam Mountains in southern Washington County, Utah, and the eastern end of the Virgin Mountains and Virgin Narrows of Mohave County, Arizona. It approaches in habit the stoutly branched phase of var. argense known as var. subracemosum, but it lacks the papillate-scabrous condition. It also resembles var. sulcatum, but has only faintly grooved, rather than distinctly furrowed or deeply angled, inflorescence branches. It differs also in having the more open inflorescences of var. humilius. Both var. subspinosum and the subracemosum phase of var. argense have short, spinose lateral branches.