Genus: Eriogonum from Greek erion 'wool' and gony 'knee'
Species: pyrolifolium from Latin pyrus, meaning 'pear' for pear-like leafs
aka Dirty Socks. For a relatively small plant, 8" - 12" (20 - 30 cm) across, it is anchored with a large strong taproot. The basal leaves are elliptic to oval, up to 1.5" long, and are greenish-yellow. Often red, dried old leaves will be found at the base. The flowers are white to greenish-white to pinkish, are about 1/4" long, in small tight umbels on stems 2" - 4" tall. They possess a smell worthy of its alternate name. Very common on rocky slopes between 5,500' to 8,000' elevation. (ref. Biek, Pojar)
Trail/Hike: Second Burroughs Mtn.
Date: August 24, 2007
Location: within 0.30 mi. of summit of Second Burroughs Mt.