Color: Maroon to purple
Common name: Desert candle
Latin name: Caulanthus inflatus
Height: 8-20 inches
Description: Usually inflated smooth stem gives the plant its unique appearance. Flowers are darker in bud, petals 8-14mm purplish especially on veins, generally wavy edges are thin, dry, pliable translucent or variously colored, but not green.
Leaf: Basal 2–7 cm, ± smooth to finely toothed especially toward tips, tapered to short. The upper leaves of the desert candle are clasping.
Range: s Sierra Nevada Foothills (Kern Co.), w edge c&s San Joaquin Valley, Inner South Coast Ranges, n Western Transverse Ranges (± uncommon in preceding), sw Mojave Desert (common).
Habitat: Open, sandy plains to rocky slopes.
Elevation: 150–1500 m.
Flowering time: Mar–May
Notes: Photographed Mar-Apr 2005, Mojave Desert, near Harper Dry Lake, north of Barstow, San Bernardino, Calif. A dicot, is an annual herb that is native to California and is endemic (limited) to California alone.
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