C. prostratus G. Bentham var. divergens K. Brandegee
Stems: ascending to erect, not rooting at nodes; twigs red-brown with whitish bloom or not, round, smooth, glabrous, +/-rigid.
Leaves: evergreen, opposite; not clustered; stipules thickened, persistent; petioles to 2 mm; blades oblong to obovate, 1.3--2.5 x 0.6--1.6 cm, bases cuneate, 1-veined, margins somewhat revolute and undulate, 5--8 spiny teeth, tips +/- truncate, abaxially grayish, hairy on veins, microscopically canescent between, adaxially green, glabrous, plane.
Inflorescences: axillary, raceme-like, to 3 cm.
Flowers: deep blue to purple.
Fruits: subglobose, 5--6 mm broad, smooth, horns subapical, erect; valve crests minute.
Cytology: 2 n = 24 (M.A. Nobs 1963)
Flowering: in spring.;
Habitat: chaparral, dry, serpentinite or volcanic slopes, below 500 m.
Range: Calif. [NCoR, Napa Co.] . RARE View Distribution Map.
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