Common name: Sand Pygmyweed
Latin name: Crassula connata
Height: .75-2.3 inches
Description: Stems erect, 2–6 cm, branched or not, in age red. Flower 0.5–2 mm, red; Inflorescence: flowers (1)2 per leaf pair, generally crowded.
Leaf: 1–3 mm, egg-shaped to oblong, succulent-like, ages red.
Range: Northwestern California, Sierra Nevada Foothills, Great Central Valley, Central Western California, Southwestern California, Sonoran Desert
Habitat: Open areas, rocky patches on the ground
Elevation: < 1500 m.
Flowering time: Feb–May
Notes: Photographed March 18, 2010 i Whitewater Canyon, Riverside County, Calif. A dicot, is an annual herb that is native to California and is also found elsewhere in North America and beyond. This is truly a miniscule flower but locally abundant.
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