Coulter's jewelflower

Caulanthus coulteri

Caulanthus coulteri

Color: White

Common name: Coulter's jewelflower
Latin name: Caulanthus coulteri

Height: 12 to 30 inches tall.
Description: Stem is generally branched above. Flower: sepals erect or spreading, petals 8–31 mm, whitish, cream and purple-veined, purplish, or brownish, margins wavy, generally margins thin, dry, pliable translucent or variously coloured, but not green.
Leaf: < 13 cm; hairs branched or not; basal ± smooth to deeply cut.
Range: s Sierra Nevada Foothills, Tehachapi Mountain Area, sw San Joaquin Valley, se San Francisco Bay Area, e Outer South Coast Ranges, Inner South Coast Ranges, nw Western Transverse Ranges, sw edge Mojave Desert (Kern Co.).
Habitat: Dry, exposed slopes
Elevation: 80–2000 m.
Flowering time: Mar-Apr

Notes: Photographed Mar 24, 2007, Sand Ridge Preserve Kern County, Calif. A dicot, is an annual herb that is native to California and is endemic (limited) to California alone. Wavy flower edges help distinguish this plant from the similar species Caulanthus cooperi.

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