Pygmy Poppy

Canbya candida

Pygmy Poppy with dime for size

Color: White

Common name: Pygmy Poppy

Latin name: Canbya candida


Height: .4 to 1.2 inches tall.

Description: Tufted and without hairs. Very short leafless stems bear one flower with 6 petals 3–4 mm.

Leaf: 5–9 mm, fleshy, basal — at or near the base of the plant, linear-oblong, smooth, without teeth.

Range: w Mojave Desert, adjacent Sierra Nevada

Habitat: Sandy places

Elevation: 600–1200 m.

Flowering time: Apr–May

Notes: Photographed April 2, 2005, Kelso Creek Road, Kern County, Calif. A dicot, is an annual herb that is native to California and is endemic (limited) to California alone. It is included in the CNPS Inventory of Rare and Endangered Plants on list 4.2 — limited distribution from Hesperia and Victorville east to the Lancaster area, north to Kramer, Calico and Walker Pass. Under threat by development and nonnative species.

Pygmy Poppy

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