Mojave Sun Cup

Camissonia campestris ssp. campestris


Color: Yellow

Common name: Mojave sun cup
Latin name: Camissonia campestris ssp. campestris
Family: ONAGRACEAE

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


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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