Checker Fiddleneck (Amsinckia menziesii) - TheBackCountry

Amsinckia menziesii  (checker fiddleneck, or intermediate fiddleneck) is one of the common fiddlenecks of western North America, distributed from Alaska and Canada through the Western United States to Mexico. Like other members of the genus, it has a terminal flowering whorl somewhat shaped like the head of a violin or fiddle, hence the name fiddleneck. The flowers are yellow-orange, orange, or dark yellow.

Its seeds are the favorite food of Lawrence's goldfinch during that Californian bird's nesting season of spring and early summer.

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