Mojave Suncup flower

Color: Yellow

Common name: Mojave sun cup

Latin name: Camissonia campestris ssp. campestris


Height: 2-10 inches tall.

Description: Slender with somewhat curving hairless stems decumbent or erect, inflorescence nodding. Four petals (3.5)5–15 mm, yellow fading reddish, base with (1)2 red dots; stigma exceeding anthers.

Leaf: Alternate 5–30 mm, linear to narrowly elliptic or narrowly oblanceolate, minutely to coarsely toothed.

Range: Sierra Nevada Foothills, Great Central Valley, Central Western California, e Southwestern California, Mojave Desert

Habitat: Open sandy flats, desert scrub, noncoastal grasslands.

Elevation: 0–2000 m.

Flowering time: Mar-May

Mojave Suncup bush

Notes: Photographed March 24, 2007, Sand Ridge Preserve, Kern County, Calif., April 12, 2008 Short Canyon, Kern County, Calif. A dicot, is an annual herb that is native to California and is endemic (limited) to California alone.

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