The Sonoran Desert Florilegium

plants of the florilegium

Nama demissa

FAMILY:  Boraginaceae — Forget-Me-Not Family


ETYMOLOGY:  The name of the genus Nama was taken directly from the Greek word nama, meaning 'spring' or 'stream', a reference to the habitat of the first described species.

The specific epithet demissa is a Latin word that denotes something lowly or unassuming, such as a low-growing plant with tiny flowers.

DESCRIPTION:  The small bell-shaped, deep purple flowers of nama can be quite showy. When rains are plentiful, masses of this spring annual will carpet broad areas of the desert. Its green leaves are sticky, narrow, and spatula-shaped. Nama blooms from February to May in desert flats and washes.