Cream Cups

Platystemon californicus

Cream Cups

Color: Yellow and white

Common name: Cream Cups

Latin name: Platystemon californicus


Height: 4-12 inches

Description: The annual herb is quite variable in appearance. The plant is hairy in texture, sometimes with very long hairs. The inflorescence is a single flower on a tall stem up to 20 centimeters high. The flower has six petals which may be pure white or golden or white with large gold spots or gold tips. The center of the flower is filled with a tuftlike cluster of many thick, flattened stamens. The fruit is a capsule with several one-seeded sections that break apart.

Leaf: The oppositely arranged leaves are 2-8 cm long, and in shape linear, lanceolate, or oblong.

Range: w Desert, California Floristic Province

Habitat: Open grasslands, sandy soils, burns

Elevation: < 1000 m.

Flowering time: Mar–May

Notes: Platystemon is a monotypic genus of flowering plants in the poppy family containing the single species Platystemon californicus. Platystemon californicus, a dicot, is an annual herb that is native to California and is also found outside of California, but is confined to western North America. This photo was taken on April 15, 2005 south of Barstow, San Bernardino County, California.

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